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With this name change checklist, you can cross that final hurdle on celebrating your marriage, by changing your name. Are you keeping His surname? Is he taking yours? Make sure you tell the world!
Here we are looking at:
Your maiden name is defined as follows:
The surname that a married woman used from birth, prior to its being legally changed at marriage.
Before your marriage, something to consider will be what affect the marriage will be having on your name. Everyone has their own thoughts on this, but some of the reasons for retaining your maiden name are listed here:
I have known several ladies that have taken this decision. Their rationale's have been quite clear cut. Here are some of the advantages for taking this option:
You may well have your own reasons for wishing to retain your maiden name. If you wish to separate your personal and professional lives, then you must ensure all legal and professional bodies are aware of this; as pertaining to your circumstances.
Ever heard a register of names and thought "poor soul" due to the name that has been read? I know I have. Without wishing to offend any readers there are some Surnames, that I know I couldn't be known as.
If you put your first and prospective surname together, and it doesn't work; or you dislike the potential grief your children could have. Now is the time to discuss with your partner, you never know may be they would like the opportunity to alter their own name.
For years, I had never come across anyone doing this. Then in the space of the last three, two gentlemen I know opted to go take their wife-to-be's maiden name.
For one of them, I know that the rationale was due to the breakdown of his relationship with his father. It was a decision that worked for him, his wife was happy to be the one that didn't have to amend all her details!
For some, having an heir to the family name, is the key driver for altering their name when getting married. Whether this is the merging of both partners surnames, or even generating / using a brand new one!
Double-barrelled names in days of yester-year usually signified a baby born out of wedlock. These days however the stigmas that once used to occur with these surnames no longer do, which may lead you to consider merging your surnames one way or other.
In essence, you need to be happy to change your name. Whatever your reason, discuss it with your spouse, make sure you are on the same "page". There is nothing worse than one half of the partnership dropping the bombshell that they wish to change, merge or adopt the other's name or not as the case may be.
Having decided that you are needing a name change checklist, how do you go about the process? Before we enter the Country specifics you will need to:
Choose your new name carefully - remember that Friends episode, the one with Princess Consuela Bananahammock? You don't? I have found this episode in YouTube.com, view it before you make any decisions!
Ensure that your new name has no legal restrictions or "fraudulent intent". For instance:
Now for the country specifics:
For a lady entering marriage, the wedding ceremony is sufficient to change your name, meaning that you will not require the name change checklist.
This is true if your intention is to either continue to use your maiden name or if you are taking your husband's surname.
You will need to liaise with the minister residing over the proceedings as to the details, as they will usually like to prepare the marriage certificate as much as possible.
For the ladies involved, your wedding certificate is the last time that you ever sign in your maiden name (if you are changing it), and from the moment the ceremony is over you can sign as your new name.
For those that are completing one of the following after their marriage you may need to change your name by Deed Poll to ensure that it becomes your legal name:
Having researched this through I am able to advise you that it is possible to go through the Deed Poll process by applying online, by telephone, by post or in person.
Should you wish to proceed, utilising the official website to the UK DeedPoll Service, will stand you with the best advice and guidance.
In the USA, the process of changing your name, seems not as simple as I first thought it would be.
There are a few things that need to be done, and effectively anyone who is wishing to change their name should follow pretty much the same protocols. My research on this subject has outlined this name change checklist:
No matter where you reside, you will want to formally inform everyone of your change of name. Its usually a happy occurrence and certainly not something to dread.
I know however when I did this back in 2005 there were different establishments that determined whether you had to inform them over the phone, via letter and some would (but not all!) accept an email, as long as this came from an email address they could identify as your name.
My Name Change Checklist I compiled by taking note, 3 months before the wedding of all the post that I received, and who it was from.
Noting the names, contact details for the company and any reference numbers meant that I was pulling together one spreadsheet of information.
There were however a few people that I forgot to inform(!) so to ensure that you don't make the same mistake, my name change checklist is here for your use.