(Closed) Keep your middle name, or drop it when you get married?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I always thought that I would drop my middle name and use my maiden name. But now that my mom passed, I will be keeping my middle name (mom and I shared the same middle name) and dropping my maiden name.

Post # 3
1325 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

DesiMercedes:  I love my given middle name deeply. I dropped my maiden name. 

Post # 4
2257 posts
Buzzing bee

I always thought the two last name thing sounded weird, so intead of dropping my middle name I’m dropping my maiden name.

Post # 5
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

chelsjohnston:  I’m dropping my maiden name. I’m already getting used to it (using it for social media and whatnot) but I can’t legally change it until I get my marriage certificate in 2 months… but that is what I’ll be doing. 🙂

Post # 6
1169 posts
Bumble bee

I kept middle name (I felt it has always been a part of me so why change it) and took DH’s last name.

Post # 7
169 posts
Blushing bee

I didn’t even know that was a thing.

I will be keeping my middle name and dropping my maiden name.

Post # 8
2317 posts
Buzzing bee

I love my entire name and am trying to get my Fiance to be ok with the idea of changing his! LOL (not likely) or at least understand my attachement to my name.  This is a tough decision. I would love to know what you decide

Post # 9
48 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m keeping my middle name and dropping my maiden name. For most last names I feel like it doesn’t flow when you say it, but if the sentimental aspect is important to you then go for it and you shouldn’t care either way.  I do know a couple people who did that.

Post # 10
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I decided to keep my middle name and turn my maiden name into a second middle name, which I feel great about! So I have 2 5-letter middle names and a 10-letter last name.

I hardly ever have to write out my whole name anyways, and I like that my official documents have all of my names.

Post # 11
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

My maiden is kinda meh to me but I love my middle name so I’m keeping it. I have no problem dropping my maiden… I think it’s personal preference and what you feel comfortable doing. 

Post # 12
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It is a personal decision and there is no right or wrong, of course. I kept my middle name and have started using it more, and changed my last name.

Post # 13
6431 posts
Bee Keeper

chelsjohnston:  My maiden and my new last name both had 6 letters each.  I dropped the my maiden and picked up my new last name.  I preferred my married name over my maiden because itwas more common and easier to pronounce.

Post # 14
5089 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I honestly don’t care for my middle name or my maiden name. I ended up just dropping my maiden name though. 

Post # 15
333 posts
Helper bee

Keeping my middle, dropping my maiden.

It’s not that my maiden name doesn’t “flow,” really… It just like my middle name a lot!  And I don’t want to have four names.


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