(Closed) Wanting to keep maiden name for professional purposes (but not hyphenating)

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 2
9809 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would just keep your last name legally and go by his last name socially. Or drop your middle name and move your maiden name to your middle name and take his last name, that’s what my mom did.

Post # 3
391 posts
Helper bee

I agree with hikingbride.  Where I work, only people’s legal names are on their business cards.

Post # 4
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

underblueskies1016 :  I think FirstName LastName (MaidenName) is a good idea. Or you could always do FirstName MaidenName LastName on your business cards and social media although your legal name does not include your maiden name.

Post # 5
47216 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just use his name socially and continue to use your maiden name professionally.

Post # 6
7075 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

underblueskies1016 :  Well I’m from the south, so it’s customary (and I did) for us to drop our middle and then add husbands last name.

My legal name is First Maiden Married. I too started my career as my maiden name, I’m a photographer and my name IS my business name. I still changed my name, and professionally go by my maiden name. It’s never been an issue. My email signature is my full name, which is not hyphenated.

Post # 7
1633 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I also use First Maiden Married. Maiden name is now legally my middle name, so I use the whole thing on business cards and correspondence.

Personally I didn’t want to keep my maiden legally and married name socially because I just didn’t want to deal with essentially having two deferent versions of my name, but I know that way is preferred by many and works out for them! It just wasn’t for me.

My married name is currently my ex’s last name because I didn’t bother to change it back when we divorced. When I marry Fiance I’ll take his last and keep my maiden as my middle name, but I’ve been considering just dropping the middle name off my business stuff because I think my FirstName NewMarriedName will have a better ring to it without the middle. 😄

Post # 8
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

If you’re in the US, you have to have your legal name on your paycheck for IRS purposes. Every place I’ve worked has required that my email/business cards etc. match my legal name. (Mine is legally hyphenated, but I only wanted to use one name for email, but was told that wasn’t possible.)

I know many people who legally kept their maiden name for that reason. Everyone knows them by their married name outside of work, but it’s not legally changed. That’s what I’d do if you don’t want to hyphenate.

Post # 9
2629 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m adding my maiden name as a second middle name.  So if you did that, you could have First, Second Middle, Last on your cards?  I also work with a woman who kept her maiden name at work, but legally she has her married name.  My company had no problem having her email and business cards be her maiden name even though it wasn’t her legal name (they would still give her checks and insurance info as her legal name though obviously), so I think that could work too!

Post # 10
1269 posts
Bumble bee

I am doing this. Taking my FI’s name legally but keeping my maiden on all correspondence at such at work (except for payroll because it will have to match bank account). 

Post # 11
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I’m changing my name, and for the first year or two will do First MI (maiden) Last on things where it would be helpful to connect my old name to my new. The end goal is just to transition to using the new exclusively, but while there’s a ramping up period of people learning my reputation I’m noting my old to give them a reference point. I’d probably approach it differently if I weren’t fairly early in my career. I have some reputation built in my maiden name, but mostly in the form of connections that just need to be acclimated to a new name. 

The topic ‘Wanting to keep maiden name for professional purposes (but not hyphenating)’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors