(Closed) Assumed Name VS. Legal Name Change

posted 6 years ago in Names
  • poll: Did you/Will you assume your hubby's last name, or have it legally changed?
    I assumed hubby's last name : (15 votes)
    36 %
    I legally changed my last name to hubby's last name : (12 votes)
    29 %
    I kept my own name : (9 votes)
    21 %
    Other (Explain below) : (6 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    558 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013


    I would prefer the go use the marriage license and change documents than interfer with my birth certificate info.

    Post # 4
    1240 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m not sure how Virginia does it. But I know what I’ll be doing is, (First name Middle name) get moved together, my old last name goes to my Middle name. And my new last name is his. 

    So lets say I’m Jennifer Mackenzie John, his last name is Smith, My first name would be Jennifer Mackenzie, middle would be John and last would be Smith. I’m pretty happy with that idea. I get to keep my last name, which I love/hate, it’s a hard relationship. And I love my first and middle name together.

    Edit: But I think I’d keep my Birth Certificate the same, I wasn’t born married to him.

    Post # 5
    14481 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I just used the marriage license.  Seems easier, and I see no reason to go through the hassle of the legal way.

    Post # 6
    4336 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m confused about the difference. (Maybe it’s a Canadian difference? I’ve never heard of a difference like this in the US.)

    I’m legally changing my name, but I’m using my marriage certificate to change all my other documents, and I’m certainly not getting a new birth certificate.

    Post # 7
    2227 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    In my province, spouses are required to keep their legal names as they appear on their birth certificates. It’s super complicated to take your husband’s name here: You’d have to prove that your religion requires it & it causes you psychological distress to keep your current name. Kinda frustrating cause my last name is long & difficult to pronounce.

    Post # 9
    2227 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Double post. (darn computer lag!!)

    Post # 10
    10571 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I know in AB it’s not a legal name change.  Your marriage license is good enough to switch all your ID.  You can revert whenever you want.  I suppose you could legally change your name, but don’t know why anyone would (and who knows, maybe getting married isn’t an acceptable reason here).

    I decided to not change anything at all.  Socially, his name, professionally, ID etc my maiden name.

    Post # 11
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I help with legal name changes as part of my job and you wouldnt believe how many people don’t realize you don’t have to do a full legal change. Usually makes them happy when I save them 200+ bucks (even though by the time they get to me they’ve spent 90 getting their id notarized).  I just assumed my husbands last name and it’s considered to be a legal alias.  If you get married outside the province you reside in or want tohyphenate or move your last name to your middle you have to do the full legal name change 

    Post # 12
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @GeekChic:  I’m from Ontario as well and I plan to assume his last name.  Not because I ever expect us to ever get divorced (!), but this way I won’t have to have my birth certificate reissued.  I will have my (new) last name on my license and health card.  It just seems a whole lot simpler and I don’t see any real advantage into having it legally changed!

    Post # 13
    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Everyone just assumes the name here, no legal name change necessary.  🙂

    Post # 14
    1 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012



    Just to clarify your answer…


    I’m getting married in Ontario but live in Alberta. I have to legally change my name (rather than assume) because I was marriend in a different province?

    Post # 15
    1 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I have been married for 2 years and am just now looking into changing my name.

    In BC women have to go through a legal name change in order to keep their last name and add on their spouses name, however to assume the spouses name it’s easy, no legal name change required.  I think this is absurd.  Just like there is an easy option for women to ASSUME her spouses name, there should also be an easy option for women to ADD her spouses name.  For instance, if my name is  “First Middle Last” I should be able to easily change it to “First Middle Last LastSpouse” without going through a legal name change and changing my birth and marriage certificates. What century are we in that women have to go through all this trouble just so they don’t lose their original name?!

     Please tell me I’m not alone in thinking this!


    Post # 16
    6124 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Wait, what? What do we do in the US?  Because assuming and legally sound like the same thing minus the birth certificate change.  I don’t think we get new birth certificates in the US right?  Do we?

    I actually got married in BC even though I’m from the US.

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