Changing middle name to maiden name

posted 3 months ago in Names
Post # 2
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Busy bee

mickeynicki :  This would be state specific if you live in the US.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Both my mother and sister have done with without difficulty in Michigan. It is likely different by state tho, as the previous bee said. Where are you located?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

mickeynicki :  https://www.marriagenamechange.com/blog/florida-name-change/

 “A married woman in Florida also has the option of taking the surname of the husband and moving her name to the middle. This does not require a legal process, but only a marriage certificate to be effected. In fact, in this State, the only time you need a legal name change is when you are not taking the last name of your husband.”

Post # 6
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Helper bee

It did not matter in TN. I literally showed up to the social security office and just wrote down what my new name was/what I wanted.. No explanation as to why or anything was needed… just needed proof of a marriage certificate or divorce decree/court order. Almost positive I could have changed to anything in the world if I wanted. Doesn’t matter.

My marriage license had my maiden name and so did the certificate. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I did exactly this! I live in Illinois and it was very easy. I just went to the social security office and it was done, no questions asked! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

It is legal for women to do this in most (all?) states wihtout a court order. Start at your local SSA field office.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

mickeynicki :  In Florida, you can change your name via your marriage license. A few weeks after you get married, you can get a marriage certificate with your new name. You take that, along with any other documents they require, to the DMV, social security, and passport offices to finish the process. You can also do passport by mail.

I would look it up on your county’s website to confirm the exact process in your county as there are some variances. I believe some require you to go pick up the certificate and others just mail it automatically.

Also, check the DMV, SS, Passport requirements before you go as the list is pretty extensive. You don’t want to have to go back again.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Tennessee

It should be okay in Florida to do. And I think that’s a great idea ☺️

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Almost every female on the maternal side of my family has done this.  We are spread out over OH, PA, IL and MN…so midwest mostly and no one had any issues.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

It was totally easy for me I don’t think it’s any different than changing your name otherwise. Just go to the social security office near you, get a new social security card, and then head to your DMV with your new card. The DMV doesn’t care what’s on your social security card- they are just gonna copy it. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Not Florida here, but it was super easy for me, I actually now have two middle names. And all I needed was my marriage certificate.  So First Middle Maiden Married is now my full name. I use Maiden and Married fluidly through work and community, but wanted to keep maiden as I am a local elected official and that’s what people know me by… 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I did it on my marriage license. Very simple.

Then I changed it back on my divorce papers. Also very simple.

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