- 7 years ago
- Wedding: January 2011
I’m looking for a little advice. New York City allows you to fill out an application for a marriage license online to save time. I started doing this, but I got all confused when it came to the name change portion. It gave very specific options for name change, but none that seem to fit what I’d like to do. I’m Puerto Rican and so like the traditional Latin way, I’d like to keep my last name (Ramos), and then add my fiance’s last name as my last name so it’s a 2-part last name, but not hyphenated. Except that my fiance is Ukrainian and in Ukraine (and Russia and most of Eastern Europe), the married last name is actually a female version of the man’s name. So it’s not the same as his name. Basically his last name is Smolenskiy, but the girl version is Smolenskaya, and that’s the one I’d like to take (it’s his mother’s name too and the one our female children will also have). But the license form doesn’t seem to allow a 2-name name unless it’s hyphenated, and it also doesn’t seem to allow using a name that isn’t already someone’s name. I’m not sure if I’m just misunderstanding it, but I don’t want to mess it up. So I’m not sure what to do. I think we’re just excessively ethnic for this form… Anyone have experience with not traditional American name changes like this?