Name Changing Procedure After Marriage- Will You Change Yours


Name change question mark on board


Your significant other popped the question and asked if you would marry him and be his forever. You say yes. Wedding plans have to be made to make sure you have the uttermost union. Next is the ceremony and reception.  Now after everything is over you decide if you want to take your new spouses last name. Will you change it? Do you know the name changing procedure?

Having the same last name as your spouse is traditional. It  symbolizes that the union made the couple “a single” person, because they are one flesh and one blood, originating from back in the 15th century.

In the bible it states,

Mark 10:8

And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

By taking a man’s last name some women seem to think it is taking away their identity. Some women also think that it could be detrimental to their careers. It is looked upon as a submission process that may even make it seem as women are inferior to their husbands.

Others brush it off and think nothing of it. They don’t care if they use their husbands last name or not.

Hopefully, you and your spouse are on one accord. That the both of you made a decision and are in perfect harmony.  This helps you to grow closer together.

How to name change

If you decide to change your name here are some tips:

  1. Get your marriage license. Before you can change your name, you’ll need the original (or certified) marriage license with the raised seal and your new last name on it. …
  2. Change your Social Security card. …
  3. Change your license at the DMV. …
  4. Modify your bank accounts. …
  5. Fill in the blanks. …
  6. Feeling overwhelmed?

It just sounds like a lot of confusion. Like I’m going though a never-ending maze, right. Well, that’s why I haven’t changed my name on my identification.  My marriage license has my husbands last name on it though. I just don’t feel like going through all the trouble and possibly long lines. I’ve been brushing it off for 5 years now. Sad? Yes, I know.

Well, the choice is up to you. Will you take his name or does it matter?