(Closed) Name change questions..

posted 4 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

If you are in the US you can likely file a DBA (doing business as) for your maiden name and still use it professionally regardless of what you choose for your married name. Check with your state regarding the rules and requirements.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My sister-in-law legally took my brother’s last name, but still has her jewelry business in her maiden name.  You can probably do it that way?  I’m not sure the logistics or details of that, but I know it can be done 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

ak2016:  What if you legally kept your maiden name, but socially went by your married name?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I changed my middle name to my maiden name.  I had to take my marriage certificate and existing SS card with me to the SS office and changed it there.  Same with the Driver’s Licence office.  All in all it took about 30 minutes and was easy.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I just discovered at the age of 38 on my birth certificate that it has my mom’s last name as my dad’s name.  She has never in her life that I knew of used his name. I questioned her about it, and she said “well I went through an identity crisis so I tried it I guess that was the year you were born”. She has many professional certificates and found it much easier to keep her maiden name than try and keep them updated and changed to my dad’s name. She always joked that when she retired she would change her name to his and I told her it is too much of a PITA and not to bother.

I am first name, middle name her last name, dad’s last name. I always thought I was 2 last names not legally 2 middle names, I didn’t realize that until I got married and had to drop my dad’s name as 5 names would have been too many. Names get so confusing….

Good luck.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Is it possible to have two middle names?
FirstName Middle Maiden Last?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

ak2016:  My neighbor and her husband run a medical practice.  She legally took his last name, but uses her maiden name for medical practice since all of her degrees state her maiden name and she started her practice before she got married.  It makes her history of patient care more easily traceable.  As far as I know, no ones stopping you from calling yourself whatever you want to call yourself while doing business.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

Also, one of my coworkers hyphenated her middle name.  She said the process to do this was super easy since on most forms, all they require is your middle initial.  So she jokes that she’s the only person that knows she has a hyphenated middle name, but thats good enough for her.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

ak2016:  Yes, you would just introduce yourself and go by your married name on social correspondance.  I really don’t see it as a lie because you legally didn’t take it due to you building your business practice under your maiden name.  I know of a few people who are doctors or lawyers who have built their careers under their maiden names and because of this go by their married name in social settings.

I would also think that your business and career and how your name works into that would be something that your Fiance could understand.  He may not be super excited that you aren’t taking his last name, but he should respect your reasonings.  And if sharing a last name is so important to him, there is nothing stopping him from taking yours.

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