Keeping a maiden name as a middle name after marriage
Upon marriage it is traditional for a woman to take her husband's surname and abandon the use of her maiden name. To do this, a Deed Poll is not required. However, some women prefer to continue using their maiden name as a middle name. This allows husband and wife to share a surname which is especially convenient for financial and administrative purposes. It also means that both partners can maintain a link with their family name without having to double-barrel.
When somebody chooses to use their current surname as a middle name upon marriage, they must apply to change their name by Deed Poll. This will allow them to have their maiden name incorporated into their new name. Once it has been executed, the Deed Poll document can be sent of to all relevant departments in order for their records to be updated. It will be accepted by all organisations including the Identity and Passport Office, as proof of the change of name.
It is also possible for the man to take his wife's surname as a middle name, which results in the couple sharing a middle name as well as a surname. The same process as described above will apply.
To change your name...
- Fill in our online application form
- Receive your Deed Poll in the post
- Sign and date your Deed Poll
- Update records into your new name
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