(Closed) I did it! I have four names with SS!

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@sienna76:  Thanks for this! I DO know that it depends on the state. I heard from brides in NY that said that they weren’t allowed to have two middles !!! Though one was married about 10 years ago, so things may have changed..

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@sienna76:  Interesting. Any NY bees on here with two middle names (or a two part middle) ?? I’d love to see how this varies by state. Right now I’m debating going that route or just using my married name socially and I’m wondering how feasible it will be in the state I live in. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@love108:  NYS does not allow you to change your first or middle names through marriage.  You can change only your last name, and your new name has to be one of four preapproved options.  You elect your new surname, if any, on the marriage license.

That said, you can go by (equivalent of) Hillary Rodham Clinton even if that doesn’t match your legal name.  I have several friends who changed their legal names from Hillary Diane Rodham to Hillary Diane Clinton, but they are known as Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Personally, I didn’t want to drop my maiden name from my legal name, so my legal name is Hillary Diane Rodham-Clinton, but I also go by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@LittleRiver:  That’s for confirming! 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know that in North Dakota you can have dual last names. I didn’t ask about middles, but it basically serves the same purpse. You are Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, and you can sign your name in a TON of ways legally – HDRC, HDR, HDC, HRC. Seems to basically be the same as having 2 legal middle names. It’s when you throw a hyphen in that you need to always go by both last and be HDR-C or HR-C. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I live in Illinois (was married in Iowa, where they let you do whatever you want to your name) and when I took my marriage certificate in that said I was changing to First (Middle Maiden) NewLast, I was told I could not change my middle name without a court order.  The options I was given were to either drop my maiden name entirely or hyphenate, so I chose to hypenate.  It must be an Illinois thing because my female relatives that live in other states traditionally change their middle name to their maiden name upon marriage, so I thought I could do that too.

I’m a little bummed because my last name is now kind of long and unwieldy, but I’m getting used to it.  And socially people have just been calling me by DH’s name anyway.

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