(Closed) Can I change my entire name after wedding (not as radical as you think)

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think you might have to do a separate legal name change, but it would depend on your state/province law.

Post # 4
36 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

It does depend on your state, in my experience. I’d call your local clerk’s office and ask what your local laws allow!

In our state the laws have changed (or at least the forms have!) sometime in the recent past, that make it easy, apparently.

We just applied for our license this week and there was a place on the application form for what you wanted your new name to be, for both the bride and groom. I even asked for clarification, as I wanted to slide my maiden name over to be my new middle name, and the clerk said it could be anything either of us we wanted! She explained that marriage was a free pass for name changes in our state.

I, of course, teasingly lobbied for Fiance to change his to “Princess Consuela Bananahammock” just like Phoebe, but alas, he did not. 😉

Post # 5
418 posts
Helper bee

I think there are a couple of additional name changes. But, I know that an old friend changer her middle name along with her last name because her original maiden name combined with her husband’s name sounded an awful lot like a sexual position. She said that it was easier to do it while signign forms to take her husband’s last name than to do it seperately.

Post # 6
36 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

@priyathescientist:  I understand your poor friend’s plight. A big deciding factor in me moving my maiden name to my middle (and dropping my original middle totally) had a lot to do with the fact that my first and middle combined with what will be my new last name sounds an awful lot like a made up, stripper-esque alias!

Post # 7
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hmm, maybe if you’re changing your last name too? I’m not sure what the rules are if it’s just the first and middle name though.

On a side note, my fiance and I are planning to each add my maiden as our second middle name and then have the same last name. I really like the idea, but I haven’t heard of anyone who’s done that AND still kept their original middle name. 

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