(Closed) Changing/keeping name – can I do both?

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA

@mscuppycake:  I’m not married yet, but I go by my middle name. Anywhere where you have to provide legal documents with your info, they will use your legally given name. I don’t get a choice on what first name to go by at my bank, job, doctors office, etc. It’s actually quite annoying lol So- i would guess last name would be even more permanent & most places will not let you choose what to go by.

Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@mscuppycake:  You can introduce and call yourself by whatever name you want.  But when you are filling out legal documents and forms you have to use your legal name (i.e. the one registered with Social Security.)  If you hyphenate your name with SS then you have to use the entire hyphenated name on legal documents and forms.  That is why I chose not to hyphenate.

At work I go by both my maiden name and my husband’s name together but some people only call me by my maiden name and I don’t correct them.  At home and in social situations I go by my husband’s name alone.  Currently, my legal documents still only have my birth/maiden name.  After I file my taxes next year I will apply for my name change with Social Security and I plan to make my maiden name my middle name and my last name my husband’s name.  But I still plan on going by both names in different situations.

Post # 5
3026 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I don’t have any advice, but I feel you! I am ambivalent about changing my name and doing it to make my Fiance happy. I like the idea of using my maiden name as my middle name, sort of  pretend hyphenated, but knowing me, I’ll be too lazy and will just use my new last name. 

Post # 6
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I am likely going to change my middle name to my maiden name, and then take my FI’s last name.

So if I am currently Jane Marie Doe, then I will change to Jane Doe Smith.

Post # 7
2180 posts
Buzzing bee

@mscuppycake:  I’m planning to do like @bowsergirl said and make my maiden name my middle name and take on my SO’s last name. 

Post # 8
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

In Dutch and Danish culture it’s common to legally keep your name, and then socially to use your husbands.  That’s what I plan on doing.  

Post # 9
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am not changing my name, and will still introduce myself as my last name.  But if people want to call me Mrs HisLastName (like if we have kids their teachers or friends etc) I won’t care.

Post # 10
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Where are you in Canada?  In Ontario you can assume your DH’s last name without doing an official name change.  It doesn’t change your birth certificate like a legal name change does.  You take in a copy of your marriage certificate (get multiples and carry copies in your purse, that way you have them when you need them, a tip from my recently married friend) and that’s all you need to change your name on your DL, at the bank, etc.  

I’m only going to assume his name.  I see no point in changing my birth certificate.  I was born with my maiden name, not my married name.  

My sister will be using her married name socially but her maiden name professionally.  By assuming you’re able to do this. 

Post # 11
1270 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

Larger companies and official paperwork tends to only use your legal name. I toyed with the idea of keeping my maiden name, but I just flat out changed my last name to my husbands. I am happy in the long run to do so. I feel like it has been an important step in my life. 

Post # 12
293 posts
Helper bee

I’m battling this decision. I think I’m going to add FI’s last name actually before mine so it’s First Middle HisLast MyLast. 

Most employers will let you use whatever name you want. I know credit card companies will, too. Bc it still matches your ID regardless. My grandmother has credit cards in her maiden name still. 

If you’re worried about businesses, you can do a DBA (doing business as). I’ll be DBA as first mylast. If Fiance and I ever own a business together, I’d rather the general public not know we’re married and try to bargain or whatever. 

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