(Closed) When to start using your new name?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I started using my new name socially as soon as I was married.  If your email is changed I would absolutely change your voice mail to avoid confusion for your professional contacts. 

Post # 4
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396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I would start using it right after the wedding socially and for things like e-mail ect, it will save you having to change everything once all the legal changes are done!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I started using my married name immediately after the wedding. I had time to change my name with the SSA before going back to work, so as soon as I came back, I was already officially Mrs. Newname.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

So a question about last name change since you’re going through the process. Do you only have to change your last name with social security and the DMV, or do you need to go to the courthouse to legally change it? I’m so confused on this aspect.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I cant wait to use it! Not because I like it but because I think my Fiance will get such a kick out of hearing me use it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

At my job and school, I had to turn in proof of my name change before they would let me change it.  I started to use my new name socially right after the wedding.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@shastahun: I believe that your marriage license covers that aspect in most states.

Married bees, correct me if I’m wrong on that one.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

No one’s asked my new name yet! :-/ but I’d tell them my married name. I haven’t asked them to change it at work yet because they’ll change it with payroll at the same time and I don’t want to have trouble with my checks.

@shastahun: Steps are as follows: Get you marriage certificate (or buy a certified copy of it), change with teh S.S. office, wait atleast 1 day and change with the DMV, then notify all other places (banks, irs, bills, insurance, etc.)

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am using my new last name socially, but not professionally because I have to have my name changed legally before doing it in HR. However, my personal email changed and on facebook (of course) and if someone new were to meet me I would introduce myself as my new name. However, its weird to use it half and half because when I answer my work phone I still have to say my old last name because my students (I am a college advisor for an online university) know me as my old last name!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@Goldilocks1107:

 

You are correct.  As long as you aren’t making up some name and are just either changing it to hislastname or a hyphen, there is not court involved.  Proof of his name on the marriage license is enough.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@shastahum – After the wedding the minister send in our marriage license to the courthouse.  About 3-4 weeks later, we received the marriage certificate in the mail.  I just took the marriage certificate to the Social Security Office and changed my name.  Then, I took that same marriage certificate to the DMV and changed my license the same day.  I also used that same certificate at the bank (two of them) to make my name change.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I can’t change my name legally until 2 months after the wedding because we’re going on a delayed honeymoon overseas.  I definitely plan to start using my married name socially though!  I am changing my personal email address and changing it at work.  Unfortunately I can’t change work email or any “official” things until I change it with HR.

I think you should go ahead and use it!

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