(Closed) Changing name twice?

posted 7 years ago in Names
  • poll: Should I change my middle name now or later?
    Change it now so it's not on your marriage license : (5 votes)
    71 %
    Change it later. It's too much work : (2 votes)
    29 %
    Other - see comment below : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I was in exactly the same situation as yourself, so I changed my name before the marriage licence as well as after to take my husbands’ surname.

    Yes it was a pain in the arse but yes it was totally worth it!

    Hope this helps! Wink

    Post # 5
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    You might want to check with how your state handles marriage licenses. 

    I know in Massachusetts, at the bottom you write your INTENDED NAME AFTER MARRIAGE at the bottom and whatever it is, it’s your new legal name. You can write anything. You can add middle names, drop middle names, add entirely new last names (for both parties). If your state has something similar it may save you the hassle altogether. 

    My Darling Husband forgot to write his middle name at the bottom where it says that and when we picked up our marriage license, the city clerk’s office wanted to confirm that he intended to drop his middle name (he didn’t! oops). 

    Post # 6
    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Well, I work in the Probate Court in Columbus, OH and we deal with both name changes and marriage licenses. For our marriage license, you put your name as it is on your birth certificate, including middle name. As for getting a name change, I don’t know how it is in California, but really the process in Ohio is very simple. People will come in to our office to start the process. They pay $108 then they have to pay the newspaper because it has to be posted there 30 days ahead of time. Then the person comes in for a hearing with a magistrate and it is done. that hearing takes maybe 5 minutes. I did hear one girl come in for a name change for something else and she was going to be getting married, so she changed her last name at that time too, so she wouldn’t have to later and that way she didn’t have to do all that twice.


    I think you should talk to the Probate Court about your issue and see what they say. Maybe you will not have to put your middle name on your license either, so maybe check with the marriage licensing department as well.

    Post # 8
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Agree with Rachiecakes.  Check with your state.  I’m not changing my name so I haven’t looked into it.  But my sister in Louisiana is moving her maiden name to her middle and adding her husband last name (dropping her current middle name).  For that she only has to write in an INTENDED name, which could be anything.  It might be that way for your as well, which would save you a lot of trouble.

    Post # 9
    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I guess for me I was planning on legally changing my first name to my nickname.  So I just waited to do everything after I was married.  I also made my former first name to be hyphenated with my middle name.

    Considering I had to fill out the form, show them my marriage certificate and go to court and stand in front of a judge. I’m glad I changed everything at once.

    I’m not sure about what you have to do to change your middle name though.  It might not be as difficult as changing your first name.

    ETA: Oh, and it cost me about $150 to do it.  I don’t think I could see myself doing that twice. 

    Oh, if I have to show proof of my name change, I just have to show them my marriage certificate and my name change court document.  I probably could just show them the court document but I kinda want people to know that there’s a reason I went from a vietnamese last name to a german one.  haha

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