California: changing middle and last name

posted 1 month ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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2778 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yes, I changed my middle name on the marriage license application. Look up your county’s official site and check the rules and forms that may be county-specific.

Edit for typo

Post # 3
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43 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017

It depends on what you want to change your middle name to. You are permitted to change it to your maiden name, your spouses last name, you put your spouses last name at birth, a combination of your middle and current last name or combination of birth last name of you or your spouse. You can’t just drop a middle name entirely or pick a new one that doesn’t fit the requirements. I changed my middle name to my maiden name and took my husband’s last name and it was very easy to change my name with all the appropriate government agencies. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This reference says:

Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following middle names:

    <li class=”fs”>The current last name of either spouse.
    <li class=”fs”>The last name of either spouse given at birth.
    <li class=”fs”>A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the current last name of the person or spouse.
    <li class=”fs”>A hyphenated combination of the current middle name and the birth last name of the person or spouse.

and :

Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following last names:

    <li class=”fs”>The current last name of the other spouse.
    <li class=”fs”>The last name of either spouse given at birth.
    <li class=”fs”>A name combining into a single last name all or a segment of the current last name or the last name of either spouse given at birth.
    <li class=”fs”>A hyphenated combination of last names.

 

https://www.lavote.net/home/county-clerk/marriage-licenses-ceremonies/apply-for-a-marriage-license/changing-your-name

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was married in LA county, too! The guidance Julies posted shows your plan is legal and possible, Kimchipizza. My current 2-part middle name is Middlename Maidenname without a hyphen, so that is doable as well. 

It’s actually California law that you can adopt your birth surname as your new middle name via marriage. From https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHSI/CDPH%20Document%20Library/CHSI-The-Name-Equality-Actof2007-4-2017.pdf

Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following middle names:

• The current last name of either spouse.

• The last name of either spouse given at birth.

• A combination of the current middle name and the current last name of the person or spouse.

• A combination of the current middle name and the birth last name of the person or spouse.

• Segments are not allowed in the middle name.

• Parties may not completely drop their existing middle name.

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