(Closed) Changing my last name after marriage. Mexican marrying a Puerto Rican

posted 6 years ago in Latino
Post # 3
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

yes you can change it but custom is you would keep both of the last names, but yes it is possible my mom took my dads only and dropped hers (both are born and raised)

Post # 4
2778 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My mom is white and she and my PR father got married US stateside.  She changed her name legally stateside but later on we decided to move to PR.  In PR the custom is to write the two names, so when we moved there she signed everything with two names even though legally her last name was now my dad’s last name.

So lets say her name was Sue Rose Honeyface and Dad’s was Carl Micheal Vasquez and lets say my name is Carla Mary Vasquez 

In the US Mainland she wrote Sue Rose Vasquez but in PR (US with different customs) she wrote Sue Rose Vasquez Honeyface.  And I as thier kid wrote Carly Mary Vasquez Honeyface.

It was funny to write out both names because most kids had two Spanish last names and I had a Spanish one and a Swedish one.  My brother and I kind of wicked stuck out lol.

I would suggest to you that you finanlize the name change before moving to PR if at all possible.  Because if you have to come stateside again the US mainland has a really hard time dealing with the paperwork and they often screw up people’s names and what not.  I was born on the Mainland so I only ever had one last name and it was easy to just tack on the second and leave it behind when we came back, but when if your born in PR and your birth certificate is from there it can cause issues.

Luckily I haven’t dealt with this, neither has my father (born stateside) my mom was born on a US base in Japan so she’s had her own set of issues.  But my grandparents on my dad’s side were both born in PR and they had issues.  My abuela had a lot of issues with getting her US passport and one time they had to go to Mexico for something (a vacation?) and they tried to detain her saying it was a fake or something.  That made me really worried about going to Mexico on a trip a few years back so I brought my passport but luckily I had no issues.  But having MA as place of birth probably helped.

In fact PR just passed a law a few years back that invalidates birth cerificates before 2010 because people where selling them to Dominicans, Cubans, Mexicans etc and they were using them to get US passports.  So PR paperwork is a mess right now.  Citizens who were born before 2010 can get a passport have to request a birth certificate that is the new form for the purposes of getting a passport etc. 

So to avoid any hassles just change your name before your move, and if you can’t do that I would just keep your name to simplify things since in PR you will be writing both names anyway.

Post # 5
20 posts

Why don’t you just add “de YourHusband’sLastName” to your name (dropping your Mom’s last name from yours) as per the tradition? You can just “assume” this new name as opposed to legally “changing” your name, and so avoid a zillion paperwork hassles…


Post # 6
6 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

I am from PR.  It is very rare for women to change their last name there.  It is not part of our culture.  I will not be changing my last name when I get married.  It is like loosing your identity because now youre married.  People there use two last names.  So your family and the kids last names would be first the paternal last name and then the maternal last name (non hyphenated). 

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