(Closed) Double-barreled last name in California

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Can’t answer about the legality but have you discussed him maybe taking your name instead of you adopting his? That would be one way to have the same last name without giving up yours or having a long hyphenated one.

Post # 4
3232 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yes you can take a non-hyphentated last name in California.  Also for the record I have a hyphenated name and I still use my last names separately all the time.  When doing business I use just DH’s last name.

Post # 5
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@An-chan:  I am not sure about CA specficially, but I have two middle names.  My original middle and then my old last name.  So I have four names total.  They let you put two names in the middle name blank on the SS form.  That way I can write them all out if I feel.  I use variations of this, depending on what email/place I am at.


Now I have heard of people who did two last names, but you’d have to go by it all the time.  Like Smith Jones, just without a hyphen.  The one person that I knew who did this had a lot of confusion and she later changed it to her second middle name after too many years of troubles for her.


I must admit I’ve never heard of this double barrel terminology.

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