Post # 1
So my future husband and I are currently discussing potential name changes after the wedding. Since my parents only had girls, I would prefer not to loose my maiden name. Plus, I’m currently in law school and would like to have my maiden name somewhere on that diploma. So then we thought, “No biggie. We will just add each other’s names legally but use FH last name for every day use”. Only problem, prior to getting married. Having 3 middle name (my 2 given ones plus my maiden name) seems excessive. <br /><br />Thoughts? Suggestions?
Post # 2
I went back and forth, and in the end I dropped my original middle name and took my maiden as the middle. Four names (and long names too 9 letters, 5 letters, 8 letters, 9 letters) was too much. As my Mom said- your middle name will always be yours whether it shows on your paperwork or not. I never showed my middle name on documents anyway, like credit cards, so it doesn’t feel any different not having it on my license and such now. I know it’s still my middle name 🙂
Post # 3
I had a similar scenario. Lots of people drop their original middle name, but my middle name was named after a family member and I love it. I ended up hyphenating. I use my maiden name professionally, and my married name socially. My PhD will have the hyphenated name to show both parts. Other than that, I really only use the hyphenated name on my drivers license and passport and for other legal things (buying a house, taking out a loan- there really aren’t a lot of them).
Post # 4
I dropped my given middle name, which was Michelle, and moved my maiden name to my middle name. I am a lawyer. I use both names professionally. Susan Smith Jones.