(Closed) My fiance wants to take my last name. How does he do it?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Your best bet is to check at a local courthouse because it is different everywhere. I am almost certain, though, that in most parts of the U.S., the man has to go through a complete legal name change (whereas the process is more streamlined for brides, who can just fill out a form for a marriage name change). It is mostly just paperwork and a fee, I think.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We live in the south, definitely not on the list of places where its easy for a groom to take his wife’s last name.  I agree that calling the courthouse (or stopping by, I hate calling places like that because employees can be gruff on the phone) is the best way to go!  Good luck

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did it, and it was pretty easy! The process is exactly what it’s like for brides. The marriage license (at least in our neck of the woods) had a place for each party to fill out what their last name is before marriage, and what it will be after marriage. Then we took our marriage license to social security, insurance, and a host of other places to show that his name was now officially “Mr. Fabulously Annonymous”. Honestly, it was a cinch. The only comments we got were things like “Wow….that’s the first one of these I’ve ever had!” from the Social Security guy, and “….I asked my husband to do that and he wouldn’t!” from the insurance lady.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@fabulouslyannonymous:  That’s nice to hear.  Tennessee doesn’t have a place on their marriage license for “after” names, in terms of either the bride or groom.  So one would assume that it’s the same for him as it would be for her, but I have been told by the DMV and the county clerk that it’s not the case.  Annoying.

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