(Closed) Name Change….two last names?

posted 5 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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pinkcats716:  I can’t speak to all of your questions, as I just changed my last name to my husbands, but I’ve had no trouble cashing checks written under my maiden name, even after changing my name with the bank.

Post # 4
Hostess
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

This is what I’m doing. It’s called a double barrelled last name and it’s legal in VA, not sure about where you live though! From my research, I should be able to legally go by Missinthecity Maiden, Missinthecity Married, or Missinthecity Maiden Married. Other bees have posted about this and sometimes people get confused, add in a hypen, or switch the last names around, but otherwise I’m not too concerned.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I did what you are planning to do. So far, I have only changed social security to both names. I’m planning to also change drivers license and passport. I was told I can use either name legally.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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pinkcats716:  It’s not new, sorry my wording was confusing. I changed my name at the end of 2014. I still cashed a check a few months ago under my maiden name.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

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pinkcats716:  there shouldn’t be an issue with cashing your checks. I would just keep a copy of your old ID (even if its expired) with you just in case the need arises. 

As far as professionaly and legally/casually, you can really go by whichever you like. I remember I had a teacher once who professionally just didn’t like the way the name went and so we called her Ms. Maiden name, but casually she was refered to as Mrs. Married name. I think as long as your ID, passport, and credit cards match, you’re fine (and just keep a copy of your old ID with your name and picture in case its needed). 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I know a ton of women who have chosen to do it this way. It’s very common. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

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pinkcats716:  I legally changed my middle name to my maiden name and dropped my middle name. I’m in the same boat. But I felt like doing it that way, there’s less chance of questions being asked if a check or something is written to my maiden name.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

I changed my name to add both names.  I also have both names on my DL and at the bank.  So far, no problems and it’s been over a year.  Good luck to you.  It should go very smoothly. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m UK based but after my mum died unexpectedly, I added her surname to my maiden name with no hyphen. Just kept my middle name the same. Had no issues. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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pinkcats716:  I am in a similar situation – as is another colleague at my work who has been married for 5 years. She didn’t change her name legally at all, but uses her husbands name socially and her maiden name (which is still her legal name) at work and professionally. She said it’s only caused an issue once or twice in the last 5 years, but nothing big and she also doesn’t get offended by either designation (Ms. Smith or Mrs. Blue). 

Basically, her married name is like a nickname – it doesn’t matter who uses it as long as she doesn’t try to book a plane ticket under it, haha. She has also been able to cash checks under her married name with no problems (even though it’s not her legal name) because she shares a bank account with her husband and her bank can see his last name and that they are married and has not given her trouble about it.

I’m planning to the same thing as her, keeping my current name legally and then just using my married name socially – I can always do an old fashioned legal name change later if it’s too much trouble, but I’m guessing it won’t be an issue.

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