(Closed) Moved maiden name to middle name? How easy is the process?

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think it’ll be changed however you want when you apply to change your name with the SSA..

Here’s the link to the application.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Why would it be any different?  That’s what I plan to do!  They don’t care how you move things around – it’s your name!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I made my maiden name my middle name & did this when I applied for the name change at the SS office. 

I also dropped my original middle name so that I could replace it with my maiden name. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

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Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

I thought this was the traditional thing to do, so i would think it would be easy. 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did it, it was the same process as just changing my last name, no one questioned me on it. The hardest thing about it was explaining to other agencies like credit cards, etc that I changed both my middle and last name with marriage, but I just had to remind them to do both and it wasn’t an issue.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I added my maiden name as a second middle name. The first step was putting my new name on our marriage license.  Then took our marriage certificate to social security, then the DMV. It was an easy process. Just time consuming since you have to go to the DMV and social security in person. 

I live in California just for reference and we were married in San Diego county.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My understanding of name changes is this (and forgive me if I’m wrong, I live in Canada):

Changing your last name to your married name is not technically a LEGAL name change. You are assuming your husband’s last name, and all it takes it to present your primary document (like a birth certificate, or a Citizenship Card) and your marriage certificate, and BAM you can get ID and file your taxes, etc, under your ASSUMED married last name.

If you want to go beyond assuming your spouse’s last name, such as making your maiden name your middle name, or hyphenating your last name, then you must go through a LEGAL name change. This requires more work. Fingerprinting for criminal record check, etc. When you legally change your last name, you could technically order a birth certificate with your changed name. In fact, in Canada (or at least, the province I am in), when you do a legal name change, you must surrender your original birth certificate. If, God forbid, your marriage does not work out and you want to go back to your maiden name, well HAVE FUN because you’ll have to go through the whole sticky process again. If you had just assumed your husband’s last name, you could have always gone back to your maiden name with zero problems.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I dropped my middle name and changed my maiden name to my middle name. It was incredibly easy; all I did was tell the lady at the Social Security office that I wanted my name to be Stephanie Maiden-name New-last-name, instead of Stephanie Michelle New-last-name.

It’s super easy; there shouldn’t be any issues. 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Another for went to the SS office and changed it.  Everything else used SS cause it’s your legal name. 

RE legality: I had a friend who was worried about how she did this and people told her in the midst of divorce it wasn’t a legal change, etc.  She added to the divorce decree that her “full name would revert to X Y Z as it was before marriage” and she had no issues, she said she never had to show the divorce decrees except at SS office and a couple financial places (as they do with any name change).

Post # 13
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Wannabee

@TammieRei:  Your post was very helpful! My SO and I have been debating about what last name I might take/keep and I was considering moving my maiden name to my middle name. However, I may reconsider this option in light of the information you posted. (And also, hi to a fellow Vancouervite!)

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