Last names, marriage certificate, and the jerk at the social security office

posted 2 years ago in Names
  • poll: Will TheWeirdo Bob ever get to change their last name?



    In their dreams

  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think maybe it’s different depending on where you are, but on my certificate there was a spot for my maiden (legal) name, and then a spot for my new name which could be anything I wanted. Was yours not like this?

    Post # 3
    374 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m also from a Latin Country. Thankfully, I did not have a middle name, so my original name was Sunshine X and Y. When I was naturalized, it had both X and Y names as my last names, yet when my SS was updated, it dropped the Y; I was a child also. Thus, all my documents from HS and on contain only the Sunshine X name. When we completed the marriage certificate, I decided to take his last name S, and just pushed my X name to my middle name. Now I’m Sunshine X S. It wasn’t an issue at all. But I can see with the Smith being dropped earlier, it would make things more complicated for you. 

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