(Closed) Major Name Change Issue

posted 4 years ago in Names
Post # 2
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Well, six names, if I’ve calculated correctly is a lot of names. But I’d never realised there was such a thing as a “too long” name. Over here people name their children after entire soccer teams! Did she give a valid reason for rejecting your desired name? Other than the fact that there appear to be only 3 boxes in which to write your name on a US Social Security application form?

Also, does this actually affect what you call yourself? 

Post # 3
1507 posts
Bumble bee

Where do you live? I would check with the actual rules and regulations of were you live, before you change it based off one clerks opinion.

Post # 4
2848 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You also need to check your state laws.  Ther eare a few states that do let let you automatically make your maiden name your middle name.  I think Ohio is one of them….


Anyway, I am not sure what social security rules are regarding how many names you can have for your SSN, but I suspect there is a regulation or something that tells you.

Post # 5
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I did that with my name and it was okay…but maybe it was not as long? Total = 26 Letters

First name: 8 letters

Middle Name (Orig. + Maiden): 13 letters

New Last name: 5 letters

I mailed my application into the Social Security Office here and they processed it within two days I had everything back that I sent in with my application and 5-10 days later got my new card in the mail. So I never even talked to anyone about it.

No issues at the DMV either, they put it all on my new DL.

I would try talking to someone else or see if there is somewhere an actual limit, but I have heard of people having some pretty long names.

Post # 6
6005 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

mdm3wr:  It’s only 4 names isn’t it? First, middle, maiden, married. Plenty of people do that, though they often hypenate their maiden and married. I would’ve asked for a supervisor. I had troubles the last time I got married, too. They didn’t want to believe my marriage certificate was actually my marriage cert. Um, yeah, that’s what the state of GA gave out, ya dorks! All is not lost yet.

Post # 7
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

This might be helpful…looks like it actually should be 26 letters per line and two lines! So up to 52 spaces for your names…includes spaces since my last name is on the second line for mine.

“The number holder’s (NH) first and last name on his or her SSN card must agree with the first and last name shown on the document submitted as evidence of identity or legal name. A middle name or suffix is not considered part of the legal name. It does not matter if the middle name or suffix is included, omitted, or incorrectly shown on an SSN card.

For SSN purposes, a NH’s legal name consists of the first (or given name) and last (or family name or surname) that is used to sign legal documents, deeds, or contracts.

The SSN card has two lines for the NH’s name with 26 spaces on the first line for the NH’s first and middle names and 26 spaces on the second line for the last name and suffix, if any. Neither the first or last names shown on the SSN card should be reduced in length, unless it exceeds the 26-character limit. Therefore, omit middle names, middle initials, and suffixes if they prevent you from showing as many characters as possible for the first and last names.”

But also note that your middle name is not considered part of your legal name anyway, so you can really do whatever you want with that socially or elsewhere.

Post # 9
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You could always drop one middle name officially, but use it unofficially.  I have a lot of friends who use their confirmation saint name’s as middle names, but it’s not on any documents.  They don’t sign them, obviously, but for basically anything non-government related that requires a name, they use all four: first, middle, (unofficial middle), last.  

Good luck 😉

Post # 11
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mdm3wr:  So you don’t run into issues you should prbably use the abbreviated versions on everything so it matches. Then write it out where and when you want to.

Post # 12
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

Maybe you could combine the middle and maiden into a new middle name? Your drivers liscence and passport don’t have to match fully to the best of my knowledge. In my state (MI) the drivers liscence system in antiquated, you can only have 3 names total. My name on my passport is Aqualov Middle Maiden Married, but my name on my drivers liscence is Aqualov Middle Maiden-Married. It’s dumb. When you use your passport to you don’t use your liscense too, its a fully valid form of ID on its own, so I’ve never had any issues, its just annoying. 


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