If I want to change my last name to my step father’s name and drop my biological father’s name, if I am getting married can I do it all at the same time?

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If I want to change my last name to my step father’s name and drop my biological father’s name, if I am getting married can I do it all at the same time?

I will use my stepdad’s name as my middle name and my husband’s as last name. I am not sure how to go about changing thisor if I can just put it on the application for marriage license.

Asked on August 16, 2011 North Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

North Carolina allows you - as a bride - to take your husband's name, retain your maiden name or create a hyphenated name upon filling out the marriage license and without any other formal court proceeding.  However, the issue of changing your maiden name to your step father's name is something completely different.  That would require that you apply for a name change legally before you get married in order to use it after you were married in some way.  But you want to use it as a middle name and not as a portion of a legal last name, correct?  I would still consdier doing it before you get married.  It is a different name than any one you have had before.  And that is really the key.  Good luck.


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