(Closed) Name change

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

It’s very very very very common to make your maiden name your middle name.  Think Jada Pinkett Smith.


So if your name now is Jane Amber Smith and you are marrying a Kent, your new name would

Jane Smith Kent.


Post # 3
742 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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elyse545 :  my understanding is some countries and states have different laws regarding this so you should check into that first. Like some will let you have two middle names or two last names so you could keep your given first, middle and last names and add his…where other places will only let you have one of each. 

Post # 4
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Do you mean moving your current last name to be a middle name or do you mean having two last names with no hyphen? Both are options but like pp said look into local laws about what you can do/how to do it. My parents combined names (also sometimes referred to as ‘double barrelled’), which is essentially the same as hyphenating but without the hyphen (for aesthetic reasons haha) so they both have two last names, and gave those two names to my brother and me.

When they got married they were able to just do that using their marriage certificate. Where we live now any name change variant that isn’t the basic ‘one spouse takes other spouses last name’ requires a legal name change, that includes doing anything to middle names, combining/hyphenating, etc.

Post # 5
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach

I originally thought about just adding his last name to the end of mine but it was a mouthful so I just dropped my last name instead. It can feel like you’re losing your identity but the good news is you can change your name anytime you want! I waited two months after we were married to decide if I was going to hyphenate my name or not.

Post # 6
5038 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2016

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elyse545 :  As in having two middle names or two last names?  I’m doing the latter.  I haven’t done it yet so I’m not sure how difficult it will be, but you should absolutely have your name the way you want!

Post # 7
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My friend was encouraged by the person she spoke to at the SSN office to just keep her whole maiden name and tack on the husband’s name at the end, so her new name is quite long:

first name / middle name / maiden name / married name, and she now has to sign all of it when she needs super-legal documents.

I am not close at all to my family of origin and could not wait to drop the name and the barrage of “are you related to so-and-so” questions that came with it, so I just went:

first name / middle name / married name.

The SSN office didn’t seem to care what I wanted when I went in as long as I had filled out the forms.  

Post # 8
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Galleria Marchetti

I did just as you are suggesting. So I went from Mary Katherine Johnson to Mary Katherine Johnson Smith. I havent had any issues other than the credit card companys only allowing you to have one Middle Inital, so my cards say Mary K Smith. 

It wasn’t a big deal at all, and my signautre if my initals plus last name, so I sign MKJ Smith.

Post # 9
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m most likely doing that, and having 4 names. There are a lot of girls in my family, and the thought of having my last name potentially die in this generation makes me sad :o/

Post # 10
2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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elyse545 :  We both did so we both have two last names. My “maiden” and then his. I usually just sign things as Meghan Herrera instead of writing both last names but it just depends on my mood or if I am in a rush. I don’t really important things very often so it doesn’t really matter which names I use. 

Post # 11
5 posts

My fiance and I are combining our last name. We both dont want to lose our last names and we want it to  represent a combination of our families. My last name is Lucheck and his is Talley so our last name will be Luchelley. We are really excited for it! This could be another option instead of having a very long name. 

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