(Closed) Creating a NEW last name…

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 4
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It depends WHERE you are.  Know in Canada for example, that creating a new name AT THE TIME OF MARRIAGE (Using His – Using Hers – Making a Combined one – or Creating another one… independent of any of the above choices) is relatively easy.

You’ll need to make inquiries of the State / Province you live in for more info.



Post # 5
79 posts
Worker bee

I think it’s the same process as changing your name when you marry. As in, the process isn’t different, regardless of whether you’re changing your name because you want to or because you are taking your husband’s surname. 

I’d love to create a new surname with my SO, but he’s very attached to his surname. That means I’ll be keeping mine. I’d like to have the same surname as him, but I’m not prepared to be the only one who compromises just because I’m female.

How exciting that you’re both on the same page!

Post # 6
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We aren’t going to do it. I’m keeping my name, although I’d love to create a combo platter last name! We already have it picked out and we’re going to use it for our children’s last names some day. But good luck and that’s awesome!!!

Post # 8
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow what a cool idea 🙂 I know that where I live, you can legally change your name by deed poll to anything you choose, no matter what it is. I’ve not heard of anyone creating a brand new surname just for them when they get married before though but how awesome is that!

Post # 10
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Actually it may not be as easy at it seems. In NJ you would need a court order for a name change to something other than your married name.

Post # 11
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love this idea, and I so wish we had done it! Darling Husband says we can think about it later, but, in reality, it probably won’t happen. It’s generally much easier to make the change at the time of marriage like PP have mentioned. I say go for it now!

Post # 13
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My fiance would never go for this. His last name is very long and very Irish… mine is definitely not. lol We did joke about a combined name though containing the beginning of mine and end of his but they sound worse than his as it is. 

Good luck with everything. I hope it isn’t too difficult of a process for you!

Post # 14
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just got married in NYC and all we had to do was write in the last name we wanted, it could have been anything and it only cost us the application fee.  Once the wedding was over it became a legally binding name change.

Post # 15
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@HappilyEverAfter54:  It would have been really easy to do this in MN. When we got our marriage license there was simply a line where each party indicated what their name would be after the marriage. It might be worth a phone call to your local court office just to double-check!

Post # 16
15 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

@HappilyEverAfter54:  Hi!  Fellow Central PA bride here!  Any progress on your name change?  My husband and I are planning to do the same thing and I’m starting to research the legal procedure — doesn’t look too difficult, but pretty expensive.  (My advice to anyone would be to have him change his name before the wedding, so you can do a “normal” married name change afterward — we put it off and now we’ll both have to do a legal through-the-courts change.)

So, any updates?

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