Ways to Compromise on Name Change
  • Hyphenate your last name with your husband’s.  He can keep his name the same or add yours too.  You can also choose whose name should be first in the hyphenation.
  • You can keep your maiden name as your middle name.  This option allows you to change your last name, but still keep your maiden name as part of your title.
  • Adding your maiden name as a second middle name is also a possibility.  If you have a long middle and maiden name, consider that this option may make your name quite a mouthful.
  • Using your maiden name as your child’s first or middle name to preserve family history is also a popular choice.  If your name was Sophia Carlin you could name your child Henry Carlin Green or Carlin Henry Green.
  • Your husband could take your last name.  While this is not the most common choice it is a great way for a man to support his wife and potentially escape a terrible last name of his own.
  • Change your name legally and use it socially, but use your maiden name professionally.  You can be Mrs. Green at school and church, but still be addressed as Ms. Smith at work.

4 thoughts on “Ways to Compromise on Name Change

  1. Lauren

    I’d like to keep my own last name professionally but take my husband’s last name socially. I’m a doctor and my degrees and medical license are in my own last name. If there is anyone who knows the proper (and legal) way to do this, I’d really appreciate any information anyone has. I’ve been looking into this for a long time and no one seems to be able to give me a straight answer.
    Thanks!

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  2. Lauren

    I’d like to keep my own last name professionally but take my husband’s last name socially. I’m a doctor and my degrees and medical license are in my own last name. If there is anyone who knows the proper (and legal) way to do this, I’d really appreciate any information anyone has. I’ve been looking into this for a long time and no one seems to be able to give me a straight answer.
    Thanks!

    Reply
  3. Sarah

    Easiest way if you want to use your husband’s last name is…just use it. Don’t legally change your last name, what a hassle! Just use HIS socially.

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