(Closed) Still making the name decision…

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
11351 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@ninjachc:  Have you considered dropping your given middle name and taking your maiden name as your new, legal middle name? This would allow you to take your FI’s last name while retaining much of your current identity. This is what I did, and I could not be happier with my new hame.

Post # 4
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ninjachc:  I’m changing my name officially, but at school (I also teach) I am going to remain Ms. Acid. 

Post # 6
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been married 3 weeks and I still don’t know what I’m doing!

You can make your middle and last name your two NEW middle names, while taking your H’s last name.  Yes, you’d have four names, but you can retain all your birth names.

Post # 8
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Why don’t you talk to your Fiance about it? You said you’re guessing that he would be hurt, but maybe he has reasons you don’t know about. 

Post # 9
73 posts
Worker bee

Whatever you do…write it out a few times, type it out a few times, etc etc.  My sister didn’t know what to do and it ended up something like as “First, First American, Catholic Middle Last Hubby’s”

so… Anacet Sylvia Maria Grace Jones Ryan 

Post # 11
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ninjachc:  Your name, your decision. I think it’s wrong for anyone to pressure you or tell you what you should do. Could it be you know what you want to do but are afraid of hurting your fiance’s feelings? 

Post # 13
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

SO and I had this talk before, however he doesn’t want me to take his name, as both of us hate the tradition.  Personally, I think it’s ridiculous that the female is expected to change her identity, but the male never has to worry.  Whoever came up with that concept is nuts!

If I were you, I’d sit down with my Fiance and ask him the same question.  If a name change would make my Fiance question if I love him, then I’d be questioning our relationship.  Just my two cents, but I really feel strongly that if you aren’t 100% certain you want to do it, you shouldn’t.  You can always change a name in the future if you ever decide to do it.

Post # 14
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ninjachc:  I guess it depends on what your goal is.  If you want to keep ALL of your names but still take his name, then your options are:

  •         Jane Marie Ninjachc Gomez = Mrs. Gomez (two middle names)
  •         Jane Marie Ninjachc-Gomez = Mrs. Ninjachc-Gomez

Alternatively, you could be Mrs. Gomez socially as in all your friends and family call you this and address cards to you as Mr. and Mrs. Gomez, and Ms. Ninjachc on all your documents (aka legally).  I guess youd have to stick with Ms. Ninjachc for teaching though.

Techincally you don’t do anything paperwork wise with your name.  You may choose to explain it to people or just go with the flow with them calling you Mrs. Gomez.


I know I’ll take his name, but I have not decided how yet:

  •         Jane Smith Marie Johnson (two middle names)
  •         Jane Smith Johnson (drop old middle) **
  •         Jane Marie Johnson (drop old lastname)

There is no deadline on when you have to decide really, legally speaking.

** Current idea for me.  My mom is giving me crap about how long it took for her to come up with my unique middlename (that everyone mispronounces) and she’s taking it very personally that I may drop it all together.  Simmah down, mama.


When I asked my H if he’d like me to take his name and why, he said, “it’s because I felt like I would be giving something to you.”  My ex-husabnd said, “That’s what girls do and I own you now.”  Ha!  So I didn’t change my name the first time around but I let poeple call me Mrs. Histlastname socially.

Post # 15
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We just filed for our wedding license last night and I was undecided on the name issue right down to the wire. I *thought* I would hypenate but each of our last names is 10 letters long. It would be such a pain to have to sign a 20 letter last name all the time.

In the end, it really came down to a VERY personal decision. My mother passed away when I was less than a year old and when my father married his 2nd wife, she adopted us. Sounds sweet doesnt it? In reality his 2nd wife was a NIGHTMARE. I’ll save everyone the drama and just disclose that both my brother and I were removed from our home due to child abuse. While my father finally grew a pair and divorced her, the damage was done and no matter how hard I try to distance myself from the woman, I can’t. When she adopted me, the State REMOVED my birth mothers name from my birth certificate and replaced it with my Stepmother’s. Now, for all eternity (unless I am successful at getting the adoption rescinded – a VERY long-shot) this woman is “officially and legally” my mother. There is no official record of who my mother is. Every document I file that requires my “parents” information REQUIRES I list my Stepmother instead of my birth mother.

So, to get back to the reason I am responding to your post, I decided to KEEP my name. For me, I feel like I would be abandoning every part of my past if I changed my name to my fiance’s. In essence, I would be “subsumed” by his family and I would be walking away from what little ties I still had to mine. I just couldnt do it, so I choose to keep my name, as is.

MAYBE when we have children I will decide to hypenate to make it easier for the kids.

If you are thinking of retaining your name for now, make certain to look into the local law for your State. It can be a bit more challenging to change your name later on (i.e. you may need a court order which will cost you attorneys fees and filing fees – approx. $400 here in California – PLUS you may have to publish an announcement in local newspapers for a set time).


Post # 16
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@sienna76:  I’m going on 1.5 months and I’m still undecided. 😉

Ours is a little complicated. My maiden name is an adopted name (my Girlfriend adopted my dad when he married my GM) but due to drama he’s not really a part of our family, so the actual name isn’t really weighted much. But, like a lot of girls (and posters) I think the procedure as totally antiquated. Then, I would be the only Mrs Nilly in the family line if I did change because all the ladies married or remarried. What’s that saying about twice as many blah blah blah? For me, it’s that I don’t want to support an antiquated practice but the name i hold isnt worth much either. Ive also thought about changing my name post-marriage to my GMs maiden name. And it soubds awesome with my first name. But then Darling Husband would be uber offended because i went so far beyond his last name, LOL!! Ugh. OP, I feel you, in a totally weird way. I think I am just waiting hntil the day that Darling Husband asks why I haven’t and then I’ll change my name to Fresia Bananasnack until he gives up.

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