Changing My Last Name

Changing My Last NameTraditionally speaking, women tend to drop their maiden name and take on their new husbands last name. I too was one of the women who wanted to do this. Now, I am not a “traditional” person per se, but I believe taking your husbands name is, in a way, honoring the new man in your life that will be taking care of you. He has taken the place of my father, yet not in a fatherly way. I hope that makes sense.

When the time came, my thoughts changed. I thought that dropping my last name by birth completely, was dishonoring my father. It is funny I do not feel this way when a friend drops her name, this is simply how I felt for my circumstance. I felt so torn I wanted to honor both of the most important men in my life; the man who raised me and the man who I will spend the rest of my life with, and raise my children with. You would think this is an easy decision, but for me it was not.

After a ton of debating and thinking I finally decided. I decided that instead of dropping my fathers last name, I would simply ADD my new husbands last name. Yes, this gave me a total of FOUR names now, two of them being last names. I decided NOT to hyphen the names, because they had no connecting value. I simply have TWO last names now. Yes, two.

Not only do I carry both mens names now, it was also pretty easy to change my name on all of my important documents and other “things”. I didn’t have to rush, I could change them as I came across them, since I still held my maiden name, it was no issue using credit cards and other accounts. The very first thing I did was change my drivers license and social security card. Once that was complete, I knew I could take my time in getting everything else changed. There were some complications, it made signing legal documents, like purchasing our second home, a little more eventful but really, it worked out best for me.

Now, I get to carry both great men with me, two lifetimes of awesomeness. It may seem like a lot of names to some people, but to me, it is worth it. I would not do it any other way.

Until Next Time,

The Not-So-Single Mom

Get more MOMentous Motherhood in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for FREE Printables, Funny & touching stories, Tasty recipes & Amazing products, hard to find anywhere else!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Get more MOMentous Motherhood
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for FREE Printables, Funny & touching stories, Tasty recipes & Amazing products, hard to find anywhere else!