Changing middle name to maiden name

posted 2 months ago in Names
Post # 16
11457 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

This is the formal, traditional name change many women in the US have used for decades, especially in certain parts of the country.

I did this, my mother did it, and one of my grandmothers and one of DHs grandmothers did it. I really like this name change, since it allows me to share my DH’s name, while still providing clear continuity of my identity. 

I’m glad a prior poster was able to provide the specific information you needed for Florida.

Post # 17
420 posts
Helper bee

OH! I am in the same situation, but not married. YET.


My Maiden name, would be a very generic ‘boys’ name and my name would end up like

“Beautiful Feminine Name, ‘Michael’, German last name.” 


Do you think this would look weird? I’m on the fence still. 

Post # 18
39 posts
  • Wedding: June 2019

I did this too! I personally love that I could, and that I didn’t have to choose between giving up my maiden name and taking my husband’s name (he didn’t care too much but I wanted to take his name). But i think i would have been sad to lose my family name! 

I live in CO and it was easy. Just signed the marriage license with my new name and took it to the social security office a couple weeks after we got back from our honeymoon. The lady who helped me didn’t even bat an eye. I have changed my name at the dmv, with my bank, and insurance company as well without any issues whatsoever. Hope it is just as easy for you! Congrats!!

Post # 19
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m so envious! I did this no problem with my first marriage in DC. Now I live in no-fun-New York and was told by the clerk that NY doesn’t allow that “anymore.” Cant imagine what the problem was when it seems like every other state allows it. 

Post # 20
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

mickeynicki :  that’s what I did. Then divorced and went back. Then did it again. I don’t know anyone who DIDN’T do it this way. 

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