(Closed) Name Change – New Jersey

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 2
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

I live in NJ and have the same idea, but after reading a lot of posts I’m finding the same thing you are.  Let me know if you have any luck.  I was also thinking of just adding his last name without the hyphenation.  Not sure if that is possible to have two last names?

Post # 3
93 posts
Worker bee


NJ here also.  With my first marriage I moved my maiden name to my middle name since I was never given a middle name to begin with, after I divorced I moved returned back to my maiden name-no middle name status but that was through the court proceeding for the divorce.

I do believe that you can have a double middle name when you change your name,

example: Original name is Anne Janet Doe

Married :  Anne Janet Doe Smith…. its literally just moving names to different boxes on the paper form. 

Think about it… would it be any different if your middle name had two names like MaryAnne or AnneMarie?  Are they going to tell you no, you have too many names?  Nah.  I think you’ll be just fine. 

Post # 4
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House


cp254100:   I changed my name in October, and I believe you need to go through the courts for what you are describing. When you fill out the form, yes, it’s just moving names to different boxes, but I think it’s specified that it will be one word.

So if your name were Kayla Marie Smith and your new married name were Jones, you could become Kayla Marie Jones or Kayla Smith Jones or Kayla Marie Smith-Jones, or probably even Kayla Fluffy Jones if that’s what you wanted. However if you were to put both names in the middle name box, it would come out as Kayla Mariesmith Jones, which isn’t what you want.

2ndTimeForWe:  The difference is that those are one word, and the OP wants two words.

Post # 5
93 posts
Worker bee

Try speaking with the town clerk where you’d file your name change, see what they say. Surely this isn’t the first time they’ve been asked this question or something similar.

Post # 8
39 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

The DMV might give you a hassel, as there is only one box for middle initial and you don’t spell out middle names on your license.

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