(Closed) Creating a New Last Name

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you are going to do this, have him change his name before you two get married.  Then your name change would just be a simple take my husband’s name instead of having to go to court also to change your name.  Depending on where you live, there will be a fee in order to change his name and he will have to go to court in order to do so.

Post # 4
3768 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Sigh, I really want to change our last name to McChang.  I guess I use it a lot, because even FI’s grandma has addressed cards to the “McChang Residence”.  Fiance thinks it’s ridiculous LoL  Good luck, if this is the route you end up taking!

Post # 5
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We also plan on creating a new last name together. My Fiance was the same way, willing to even take my last name as well. However, for some reason one of my family members was offended by the idea of him taking my last name, so my Fiance came up with a completely new last name and proposed the idea to me. Initially when he said we should make up a new last name together I was not liking it, but as soon as he said the name he came up with I was hooked lol. I don’t want to post it until we get married, but we basically used a two-word latin phrase, and smooshed the words together while taking a couple of letters out to make the name. That sounds like it could be horrible but I swear it sounds beautiful and I love it! And no one else has it, so we will be the first! Fiance speaks latin by the way, and I speak spanish, the phrase is almost the same in spanish…so knowing a foreign language is how we came up with it.

I agree with MissAsB that your Fiance should change his name first, and then you just change yours when you get married, this is what we will be doing as well.

As far as other people’s reactions, most people I know have been supportive of it. However, there are a couple of old-school family members who are not so supportivel. Those family members also literally laughed in our faces when we said that he was considering taking my last name, so I guess for them creating a new last name together is a step up. I couldn’t care less what they think because all of them have been divorced so they are far from perfect. All of my other family members were like “oh cool that’s a good idea!” and when we told them the name they were like, “wow I could totally see you guys with that name! It sounds so beautiful!” We are doing this for us though so even if no one else liked it I wouldn’t have cared. For us it’s a fresh start on our life together. I was actually surprised at how many of my family members liked the idea!

Post # 6
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we will be making up our new last name. my last name was origionally silkovich (croatian) but he does not get alot with his family at all except for his sister and my last name starts with McC (irish) we could have dont McAnovich which would have been smooshing our names together but we both decided on the last name Sparrow. we are in the process right now of changing his last name to Sparrow so i just need to switch mine after the wedding.

i love that we are creating our own last name as we are creating our own family.

Post # 7
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Yes, Darling Husband and I both changed our last name to something new. It was the best decision ever!

how did you come up with it?
Ours came from a book.
What are the legalities for doing so?
Super simple. We applied online, had a friend witness the form, and that was it! Getting bills, passports, etc. changed took more time, but you do all that when you take your husband’s name anyway!
Legalities depend on what state you live in, though. Most of the time you just visit your local court house, fill out a little form, and wait 2 weeks.
And what’s been the general response?
Varied,  but on the whole nobody even noticed/commented (except the compliments I now get from strangers, because my first name sounds really good with the new last name & people often remark on it).
My parents thought it was awesome. His parents were not happy at first. But they got used to it and, now that their fears have been proven false, it’s pretty much a non-issue. Mostly they were worried about professional implications, they said “nobody will hire you, they’ll think you’re hiding something!” Which of course was crazy, and Darling Husband has been hugely successful professionally since the name change. They were also *really* worried what their friends would think, and his mom in particular kept saying how she had never heard of any couple doing this. She wanted Darling Husband to take my given last name, because at least she had heard of men doing that lol. 
Anyway Darling Husband and I LOVE our new name. We love being a little family unit with our own name for our new family, it was much more meaningful to us than carrying on an old family name that neither of us particularly liked. I can’t recommend this strongly enough, feel free to ask any questions you might still have!
And be sure to let us know what you decide!!

Post # 8
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@elysion:  Holy crap – McChang is an awesome last name.

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