Post # 1
The downside of doing a lowkey wedding is that you have plenty of time to fixate on other things, like whether to make your current/”maiden” name a second middle name or a double barreled last name Google is of surprisingly little help as I hash out the pros/cons of all of the options, so I thought I’d turn to the bee.
For those of you who have two middle names, either by birth or by choice, I have a few questions…
-Can you pick which one you want to use on a day-to-day basis (bank, insurance, legal documents)? Or do you have to use both?
-If I move my maiden name to my second middle name, can I “drop” the first middle name on my passport? I see it the other way around, where people just put their first middle name.
-Have you run into any unexpected issues?
Post # 2
I have two middle names. I don’t have a passport but all my gov ID had all 4 names. Usually on forms I just put one initial (the one that comes first) because there is not room for more than one initial. My school only accepted one middle name (no idea why) so when I apply for my credentials inhaI to correct them so it is a legitimate credential. Hope this helped!
Post # 3
I have three middle names. They’re all on my birth certificate, but my social security card and ids and everything else just list my first middle name. It’d probably be different for you though since you’d be changing your name whereas I’ve had all three middle names my whole life.
Post # 4
I have two friends who did this. One told me that if she could do it all over again, she would have dropped her given middle name. Because of this and the fact that my state’s DMV wouldn’t allow what looked like two unhyphenated last names, I decided to drop my given middle name and take my maiden name as my legal middle name. I know that my given middle name is still on my birth certificate and will travel through life with me, but my current legal name and signature no longer include it.
Post # 5
Thanks for the responses, all! I’ve decided to go this route. I just can’t drop my middle name…it’s my grandma’s name, and she’s still alive. We’re incredibly close. I’ll just have to be a 4 namer. My state DMV doesn’t care, and the passport office said I needed both middle names. Work doesn’t care what I go by.
It turns out that like, half of my cousins and several of my friends have two middle names, and they’ve never run into any issues.