Post # 1
My current last name is 15 letters long and although it’s always drove me crazy over the years, the idea of dropping it forever (upon marrying my fiancé) kind of bothers me. I don’t want to hyphenate because that will be too long of a last name. I am wondering can I add it as another middle name? I already have “Mary” as a middle name so can I have two?
I didn’t do my research enough, and the other day I discussed with my FH about wanting to keep my name/hyphenating (like I said, I didn’t do my research and actually didn’t know that when you hyphenate its part of your last name) He was actually upset about this. What I meant for, was keeping my current last name as a middle name, so that you only see it on ids, passports. Not credit cards, bank cards, etc.
Post # 3
I think I am going to do the same thing. But I will have an incredibly long name. It will be
K***** R** Mc******** R*****. I’m so sad about losing my Mc!! It’s so identifiable and everyone knows my heritage with it. With my FI’s last name, nobody will! Oh well…
Post # 4
You most certainly can!
I have two (not legally, oddly), and my brother has two (legally).
The only problem is it makes filling out form work a pain in the butt.
Post # 5
Cool! I guess I need to make sure its possible for MA residents because I saw a similar post, from someone in NJ and it wasn’t possible without a court order:-|
Miss Olive, Like you, my last name clearly shows my heritage – Greek:-) haha, similar to papadapolous
Post # 6
This is something I was considering too, for the same reason. My new last name will be so American, no one will know I’m Italian! 🙂
Post # 7
I have two middle names, my sister has two middle names, my god sister has three middle names AND a hyphenated family name…so it’s totally possible.^^
Post # 8
It’s possible but easier to execute in some places than others. I would have needed a court order in Missouri to add a second middle name, but my friend was born with two and given them at birth so she automatically has both. Some states are easier to deal with than others
Post # 9
I know you can in Colorado. I changed my name first at the social security office (and added my maiden name as a second middle name) and they didn’t hassle me at all. When I went to change my name at the DMV the very grumpy and not so nice lady told me I couldn’t do it….ofcourse, that was a big fat lie. Once you change your name at the social security office, there’s nothing anybody can do to not allow it.
Post # 10
You can in Washington, DC. I added a second middle with no problem after my marriage. When forms and such only allow one middle name or one middle initial, I consistently use the same one (I chose the first middle initial, but you could use your second) to keep things simple. Otherwise, I would get mixed up about which I used where.
Post # 11
You sure can! Everyone on my maternal grandmother’s side has them. I think it’s a Scottish thing. I have First Name, Middle #1, Middle #2, Confirmation Name & last name.
When I went to the DMV when I was in HS the guy actually had to ask me which one I wanted on my license because it couldn’t all fit! haha
Post # 12
I have two first names, a middle name and my last name. I think you should be able to be recognized by any name combination that you wish!
Post # 13
Well, you can definitely have two middle names, if that’s what you want. Here’s my personal experience:
My mother was very attached to her maiden name, and kept it as a middle name for herself (making her name Mom MomsMaidenName DadsLastName.) She was so attached, in fact, that she gave it to both my sister and I as a second middle name, so I personally am a two-middle name girl. (FirstName MiddleName MomsMaidenName DadsLastName – no hyphens, my last name is officially my Dad’s last name.)
Personally, when I get married, I am going to drop both my mom’s maiden name and my Dad’s last name, making me FirstName MiddleName NewLastName. I’m doing this simply because for me, having two middle names (one of which being super long) has created a whole lot of confusion for me over the years. When filling out official documents, there is never room. When signing legal documents, I’m sometimes required to sign with both middle names and its just a pain, and people always get confused when I tell them my two middle names. I’m actually kind of looking forward to simplifying things when I take my fiance’s last name. However, I didn’t choose this for myself – my parents chose it for me, so if you decide to do it out of a sense of attachment to your last name, you probably won’t be as annoyed by it as I’ve been! Just don’t curse your children with a ridiculously long name!
Post # 14
In Texas you cannot, at least since 9/11. Here we are forced to either drop our existing middle name and use our maiden names as a middle name or just drop our maiden names alltogether
Post # 15
that blows LAZB..
I also plan on keeping my middle name and making my maiden name a second middle name
Post # 16
You absolutly can have 2 middle names! It is actually customary in my culture to have 2 middle names. I’m French but I think that this is customary in many cultures.
So keep all of your names…Unless you live in texas… Boo. Sorry LAZB 🙁