Maiden in the Middle: What happens to my name when I get married?

Q: What percentage of women turn their maiden name into their middle name? My mother-in-law insists that that is the way its done and I don’t know anyone who has done that. Who is more right?

A: A bride who wishes to take her husband’s last name may retain her given middle name or, more commonly, use her own surname as a middle name.  However, we don’t know of any exact percentage as to how many women use their maiden name as their middle name when marrying.  Essentially, it’s the bride’s choice.

One Comment

  1. Adrianne

    I recently got married and this was a huge debate between a lot of the women I know who were getting married and I noticed it varies by the region they are from. I find a lot of my Southern friends turn their maiden into their middle, my Midwestern and Western friends were more likely to drop their maiden and my Northeast friends were a mixed. Additionally I found out from other recent brides that some states only let you change your last name, while others let you change your middle and last name without a separate petition for name change. Check the laws in your state when you are deciding.

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