Post # 1
Is it as simple as changing (or not changing) your last name? Or will you be changing more?
I don’t want to drop my middle name so I’ll be tacking it onto my first name. I’ll legally be Helen-Elizabeth Dear.
Post # 3
I think Helen-Elizabeth sounds beautiful!
I’m not changing my name.
Post # 4
Why would you drop your middle name? I’ve never even heard of that before.
I’m changing my last name, but my first and middle will stay the same.
Post # 5
People can have 2 middle names, so if you’re keeping your last name as a new middle name, you could just be Helen Elizabeth MaidenName MarriedName. That might be easier, especially if people will still call you Helen (though I think Helen Elizabeth sounds really nice).
I am planning on changing my name legally, and keeping it professionally.
Post # 6
I don’t know if all states allow you to have 2 middle names. I have heard some bees have difficulty with this depending on where they live. I only changed my last name, I dropped my maiden name.
Post # 7
I’m dropping my maiden name. We married name and maiden name are both long, difficult to pronounce, German names, so it’d be a bit much to keep both.
Post # 8
I will be keeping my last name.
Post # 9
I never had a middle name, so marriage allowed me the ability to take his last name and change my maiden name to my middle name 🙂
Post # 10
I will probably drop my maiden name. I’m not especially attached to it anyway. Plus, my maiden name and married last name begin with the same letter, so if I just drop the maiden name, my monogram doesn’t change. Score! LOL. Of course, on the all important Facebook, I will be Firstname Maidenname MarriedName.
Post # 11
I have two middle names and I’ve never heard of the need to drop a middle name before. But then I’m from the UK where lots of names is normal and I now live in Canada where I think the same is true. I will just be changing my maiden name, taking his name for sure! Its our new family!
I’m so excited!
Post # 12
I’m just changing my last name. I thought of hyphenating, briefly, but I like my initials better with changing my name completely, LOL! : D
Post # 13
I’m really still undecided. I’ve never been especially attatched to my middle name, although it flows well together and it IS the name my parents chose to give me. But my last name, well that’s different. It’s my family name. It is important to me. Can you tell I’ve been struggling with this decision?
My mom dropped her middle for her maiden.
Other than the name change there will be nothing else. My style will be the same as it is now. Why would I feel the need to change? I am who I am.
Post # 14
I’m going hypenated, keeping my middle name too.
Post # 15
I’m taking my husband’s last name and I can’t wait! I love my last name, so I’ve always thought I would move my last name as my middle name, and take his last name. So I’ll be Jennifer Hart Holler. A lot of my friends ever since college just call me “Hart.” Because there are always so many Jennifers in our circles, so I was always JHart or mostly just Hart. So it’s really a big part of me, and I find it endearing that so many of my friends have “nicknamed” me as this. So I definitely want it to still be a part of my name.
Does anyone ever keep both their middle and maiden name as “middle” names? We plan to name our daughter with my middle name, so I’ve thought that maybe it would suck if I changed my name to not include it. I mean, would it be awful if I was legally named Jennifer Leigh Hart Holler? I would only use Jennifer Holler on everything.
The only other thing I’m planning on changing about my style is hopefully getting a baby bump in the not-too-distant future…We’re going to start trying right after the wedding:)
Post # 16
@MissKatelyn: It’s not a hard decision. 1/3 of my family calls me Helen, 1/3 of my family calls me Elizabeth, and 1/3 calls me Helen-Elizabeth.
I don’t want to drop my last name because I love it or have four names because it’s complicated with government paperwork. I do a LOT of government paperwork.