(Closed) Did anyone keep their maiden name and add his without a hyphen?

posted 9 years ago in Names
Post # 33
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MapleBecky:  I was planning on becoming Ms. Smith Jones, but I just found out my state won’t allow it (without a court order, anyway).  Now I’m not sure what to do.  I strongly dislike hyphens and want the option of using Smith only, Jones only, or both depending on the situation.  Ugh.

Post # 34
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know this is about a year after the last post, but I am wondering if anyone who did just add their husbands last name to their original name ( eg Jane Ann Smith to Jane Ann Smith Jone) has problems with it?  I am attached to my name, and after a year of marriage and now working special needs population who has difficulty pronouncing and spelling my maiden name, I am thinking of adding my husbands name since it is easier.

I am also wondering if you are able to just sign Jane Jones on things, or if it always has to be jane Smith jones.  AND that whole airplane situation!

AHH I guess it would just be easier to replace my maiden name with his :-/


Post # 34
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

In British convention there really is no hyphen for joined married surnames. A woman may simply add her husband’s surname to her own and use them both. Surnames with hyphens are double-barrelled names and such names are heritable – meaning they come from mother and father and remains forever, a single name, inseparable, unless one changes it legally. So if Mary Baxter marries Peter Mason, she can easily be Mrs Mary Baxter Mason. If they wish to pass on both their birthnames to their children, these children would be Harry Baxter-Mason or Hope Baxter-Mason. When Harry marries, his wife will be Mrs Rose Baxter-Mason. If Rose wishes to retain her own surname, she will be Mrs Rose Parr Baxter-Mason and so forth. When Hope marries, she may choose to be Mrs. Hope Baxter-Mason Hyde or Mrs. Hope Hyde. Let’s hope she never has to be Mrs. Hope Baxter-Mason Hyde-Ferrars!!!!

Post # 35
5398 posts
Bee Keeper

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MapleBecky :  I was planning on doing that before we decided to wait before deciding. I had planned on two middle names and his last name. I liked my name too much to give it up completely.

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