(Closed) name change

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Technically NYC will not allow you to change your middle name by virtue of getting married.  However, I asked nicely once I got to the social security office and the clerk didn’t mind doing it.  And once its on your social security card, nobody will argue with you (or anyway, they didn’t argue with me!).  Hope that helps!

Post # 4
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was told 100% (and you can google it) that NYC (and NY, NJ, PA, OH and a few others) will not change your middle name via marriage.  Only surname….then you have to petitiion to the court via attorney to make any further changes, like anyone else making a name change.

Sounds like Aprilbride10 lucked out!  About 10 of my friends ran into the same problem, middle name just cant be changed with the same automatic switch.

A way to get around it, I’ve been told, it to put MaidenName MarriedName in your “New Last Name” box.  So legally you’d have two real last names (not hyphenated).  So that legally in NYC, after marriage your legal name is “First Middle Maiden Married” — and you can slowly drop the middle off things without having to return to court.

Hope this helps a bit!

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