Fortunately, most of the changes to other relevant documents can be done by faxing or emailing the certified copies of your marriage certificate to the various institutions, so it is not likely that you will need to stand in queues for hours on end, as many envision. For the first few months (at least), keep a Photostatted copy of your marriage certificate in your purse so that your details can be changed if and when required.
Remember to inform your employer of your name change and have all of your tax forms, pension funds and medical aid details changed. Grooms–to-be that decide to change their surname to reflect that of their new wives’ will usually need to get court papers for this.
You will also need to change your name with your local post office, voting registrar, doctor, lawyer, and so on. Sign-up and receive Specials, Competitions, Professional Advice, Wedding Ideas and so much more to make planning your wedding just that much easier!
Recent studies have shown that the number of women taking their husbands' last name after marriage is on the rise. In partnership with The Daily Beast, Facebook looked at the names of 14 million married females, ranging in age from 20 to 79 who are currently active on Facebook and married in the United States, according to a report on The Daily Beast Thursday.
Even more women in their their 40s, 50s, and 60s changed their names -- 68 percent, 75 percent and 80 percent, respectively. The study did not account for women who changed their names on Facebook but not legally, and vice versa. A longitudinal study published in 2009 found a decline in women keeping their maiden names, starting in the 1990s.
Of all respondents surveyed, 61 percent said a woman should take her husband's last name after marriage.
As with saving your top tier, changing your last name is a wedding tradition thats almost always expected but not always practiced. If you are on the fence about whether to change your last name, take some time to think about your name, your identity, your family, and what’s important to you. If you are changing anything about your name you will need to go through the following steps to first change your name on you social security card.
The social security lady told me that if in a year or two I am tired of having 2 last names I can change it to either one. I had my paperwork filled out to do that, but the ss lady convinced me to keep Smith Dorobek as 2 last names! I changed my last name and was excited for it, I love having a unique last name and letting go of my past.
Thanks for sharing this, I got remarried 7 months ago and finally got all my work accounts updated just yesterday.
What I ultimately learned out of the whole ordeal was to name my kids the name I wanted them to go by as a first name and when they get married they will have an easier time with getting things how they want them to be. I did the same as a lot of other commenters… made my maiden name my middle name and took his last name. I will admit it will be so strange to write my new last name for a while, but I feel it shows my commitment to him and the marriage.

Also, I totally didn't know about all of the info about traveling with a child who has a different last name than you… so interesting!
I started my first student teaching position right after we got back from our honeymoon, so it was a great time to switch. It is best to contact your lawyer and ask him or her about what protocol you will need to follow as this differs for men from country to country. A new survey of Facebook users hints at just how many women are choosing to give up their maiden names. Facebook determined that of that group, 65 percent of women in their 20s and 30s changed their names. In a recent survey by HuffPost Weddings and YouGov, 61 percent of people surveyed said that women should take their husbands' name.
This seems to be a hot topic at the moment and I figured I would put in a couple thoughts while the ball was already quickly rolling through our generation. A Harvard study found that women with college degrees were 2 – 4 times more likely to retain their last name as compared with women without college degrees.
Whatever the reason is, its a personal choice thats yours to make and should make you happy. Bring this form and your original or certified copy of your marriage license to your local social security office.
You can find more on the wedding after math here: thank you cards, changing your last name, and the super simple wedding scrapbook. I loved starting a new family with him, and for me personally, that meant me taking his family name.
I think after 3 years the passport is the only thing I still need to change.The bank always messes it up. I will be teaching my girls to keep their own names or do what you did if marrying a trade down last name – or trade it if they want and they think they are trading up. Being a bit of a feminist too I just, to me it's romantic, I want us to have the same surname and I want our children to have the same name as me too. I am changing my last name, it means a LOT to him and honestly its something that I will cherish.
His parents are divorced and remarried (dad is now divorced again) and mine have been married for 35 years going on 36… together for 40. For me, its how I was raised so its the norm for me, however I know a lot of married women that kept their last name.
I think that when the time comes for me to get married, I will try to make my maiden name a second middle name, or even have two last names. Coming from divored parents it's confusing for the kids in school To have different last names than their parents, mine was simple, I love my family but I never liked my last name and I thought it was ugly, and I really liked my husbands name so I totally dropped it! Try to change any and all documents to reflect your new surname within these first few months so that there are no complications further on down the line. You will also need new business cards, email signatures, a name badge and a new plaque on your door or desk (if applicable).

It seems that around the world for as long as marriage has existed the bride is expected to replace her last name with the last name of her husband. Why is it more likely or more socially accepted that a women with advanced education will keep her last name? From what I gather, there are 3 main camps on the issue: take his name, hyphenate names, or keep your last name. Obviously you don’t want to make brand hew accounts with your new name because then you would loose all of your previous miles. My husband thinks it’s so dumb and tedious, but I love keeping every part of my identity.
Now, if my maiden name had been special in any way I might have had to improvise along the lines of what you did. Also, on my dad's side of the family, out of him and his 4 siblings, only my dad and my Uncle Mike are the guys.
I felt that if I would have kept my last name, it would be like I was not fully committed to the marriage. In South Africa, the Department of Home Affairs will take between three and four months to issue a computerised marriage certificate to women from the time of their actual wedding ceremony. My guess… thousands of years of gender politics, inequalities, and repetitive tradition have played havoc on our perception of personal choice.
But I also moved countries within a month of getting married, so in the UK a lot of my bank etc that are still there are in my surname and probably will be for some time. I was happy and she didn't feel like I was just throwing away something that was meaningful to her {really, how meaningful can Marie with no family connection be?}. My lady said I could do whatever I wanted too… she told me I could add another middle name if I wanted!
In the meantime, your handwritten certificate is usually acceptable to use when applying for your new Identity Book and your passport.
There is usually a specific name change form that you will need to complete, so ask for this. It is, therefore, wise to make copies of your handwritten marriage certificate and your passport and ID book with your maiden name and get them certified by the police. This will ensure that you always have some proof of your maiden and married surnames in the event of losing the originals. Keep at least one copy of each at a trusted friend or family member’s home in case of fire or flood damaging all of your copies.
Oh, and don't get me started on how hard it was to convince the nurse who checked me in for an emergency c-section that I really did legally have two middle names.

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