Post # 1
For those of you choosing to make your current last name a second middle, I have a question: I’m leaning that way, but I’d worry about situations where the middle name block on a form is the smallest or where you can only use a single middle initial. So what about having a two-word first name, that is, making my current middle name part of my first name, making my current last name my middle name, and making FI’s last name my new last name? Seems like that would be a good way to ensure that all 4 words get used if I want to use them all. And since I normally don’t use my middle name unless I’m being official or fancy, I can just leave it off for casual uses. I’ve always assumed that people with names like Mary Beth or Ann Marie had two first names, so it seems possible to me. Anybody know if it’s typically harder legally? Or is there some other reason I’m not thinking of why people do two middles instead of two firsts? Thanks!
Post # 3
I think its a great idea, I don’t see why it can’t be done!
Post # 4
I’ve kind of done what you describe. I want to slowly kind of phase out my maiden name though, and keep it there just legally and sentimentally.
Legally your name on your social security card will be able to accomodate this. They pretty much let you do whatever you want there. As far as forms with only space for one name or an initial, I guess you’ll have to decide for each of those what you want to do. Even though I have a double name first name, I sometimes just use the first half of it on forms that I don’t feel are important, almost out of laziness. Also, it becomes a quick way to tell if it’s a telemarketer or something calling!
Post # 5
i have two first names, because my parents could not decide which one to give me and they knew i was going to be their last child. originally i was first-first middle last, but when i was young my parents decided that that was a whole lot of name for one little girl, and they went and had my middle name dropped, but kept my first name as two names (my hebrew name still has all three names). my mom calls me by my whole first name and growing up i often went by PB (my first two initials). i’ve always liked having two first names, i don’t know why. they flow together nicely.
ha this was a really long way of saying that i like your idea….but it is more difficult to change your first name than to change your middle or last name, so i’d check into this with the appropriate government agency (SSA?).