(Closed) How long is too long? Name change time!

posted 4 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: Should I

    make my maiden name my second middle name.

    just add the new name to the very end and have a double barreled last name.

  • Post # 2
    1124 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    september201601 :  the only reason I changed my last name was so that my kids and I would have same last name, as I wouldn’t want to hyphenate theirs. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but it’s nice to all have one name. I did make my maiden my second middle name. The only “issue” I run into is when I fill out forms, I only have one option for a middle initial. I use my maiden names initial as my middle initial. i also can deposit checks or do anything that still has my maiden name on it, since it is still on my drivers license.

    i think in 2016, hyphenation is pretty common enough not to cause any problems. Personally, if your maiden name means that much to you, I would just keep that as your last name. Otherwise, I would make it your middle name and keep your maiden name as your professional name.

    Post # 3
    5082 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    september201601 :  I don’t have any personal experience with this, but I’ve heard of there being issues with having too long of a last name such that it won’t fit on forms or on IDs. I read an article that was about social security cards in particular not being able to hold more than a certain amount of characters for a last name (the computer won’t let you type more characters, even if it would fit on the card), I can imagine similar problems elsewhere though (licenses, travel reservations, etc.). 

    Post # 4
    949 posts
    Busy bee

    I have a double barrelled surname and while it looks pretty ridiculous on airplane tickets, I’m glad I did it that way!


    ETA: The first name I use day to day and my two part surname are 22 characters long and fits just fine on things like bank cards etc.

    Post # 5
    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I have a double barrelled last name. But both last names together are only 11 letters. The only problem I have had is at the RMV (Massachussetts). The form doesn’t accept two names so my options were to have a hyphen or smoosh them together. 

    Otherwise, I use my maiden name at work and my married name for everything else and haven’t had any problems. 

    Post # 6
    1932 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I have a suffix! 

    First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, III 

    When I change it I’ll loose the suffix because it only ties in if the full name (first, last middle, etc.) is the same and mine won’t be after it’s changed.

    I can tell you it’s been a PAIN! Half the time I’m entereed in the system as 1’s instead of the Roman Numeral or they add it to my last name so I end up being “Smithiii” 

    Post # 7
    4550 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

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    september201601 :  I will have a double barrelled last name.  Both names together will be 13 letters, but my whole name together will be 33 letters with spaces too.  I’m sure it’ll be a mouthful, but it’s what I want.  I plan to go by my maiden name at work anyway. 

    Post # 8
    3327 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    That’s too long for me lol. But I have a pretty short name in general.

    Post # 9
    1196 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My name is now J**** J*** B**** G*********.  27 if you count the spaces 🙂

    I go by J**** B**** at work and J**** G********* everywhere else. 

    I use my full name for legal/medical things. 

    I’m attached to my middle name because it is a family name and my last because I have no brothers or boy cousins to carry it on.

    I got married in Dec 2012 and changed it right away. Once my son was born, I wished I had either done two middle names or dropped my maiden completely since I gave him my maiden name as a middle name.  Really it doesn’t matter and I just choose whatever last name I want at the time.

    Post # 10
    9541 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Working in healthcare, I will say that it can get difficult inputting names that are anything out of the ordinary. That is true of double barrel last names hyphenated last names, double middle names, no middle name, etc. It should always be overcomable, but you may have to be careful about that. For instance, some systems may allow you to put a space between your two last names. Others will not allow a space. So you may have different versions of your name in different systems. Which can sometimes lead to difficulties in finding the correct one. Not, necessarily a big deal, but something to be aware of. Personally, I just kept my last name. My son has my last name as well (my husband’s choice). My husband has talked about taking my name, but never got around to it and it hasn’t been problematic, at all. 

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