(Closed) Name Change – Family Name as new Middle name?

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I dropped my given middle name and replaced it with my maiden name. I wasn’t attached to it so it went out the window. But for whatever reason I didn’t want to totally let go of my original name.  And, I hear you about length! My maiden last name is 7 letters and my married name is 8. Add that to my 7 letter first name and wow that’s not gonna fit in any little name boxes on forms!

Post # 4
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would have loved to do this but my married name is sooooo common like the 3rd most common last name in the US and my maiden name was really unique & Italian. it just did not sound right at all when put together. I really love my maiden name but i’ve gotten used to my married name and it grows on me. I say go for it if you like it and it flows well.

Post # 5
50 posts
Worker bee

I can offer you only my experience but I hope this helps!  I found out my family name was changed when my ancestors came from Italy.  Lets say it went from “Amato” to “Adams” and I was “Adams” my whole life.  When I was 28, (still single) I decided I wanted to take the original name but keep my family name I grew up with.  Since then, I have been (example) “Maria Adams Amato”.    Let me telll you that convincing people like airlines and banks that “Adams” was my middle name, not a hyphenated name has been HECK!  My drivers license is clearly not hyphenated but credit cards, etc always put “Adams Amato” as my last name.  Even the license bureau did this, as they did not believe someone could have two middle names.  (Maria Louise Adams Amato)   ITs not been fun!  I cannot wait to be married and I will have his last name only.  I just am so “over it”.  lol   Best to you in whatever you decide!  🙂

Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee

My mom did that when she got married. She uses her maiden name as her middle name, and my father’s last name as her last name. Each one has 2 syllables, so it’s very elegant as a whole 🙂 She never legally dropped her middle name, but she leaves it out when signing things.

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