Can I Keep My Maiden Name at Work?


You can retain your maiden name at work, but still change your name on all accounts and identification.

Many women who have built up a good network and reputation within an industry often decide to retain their maiden name at work. This is common practice, especially with the average age of marriage rising and women having pivotal roles within industry. You can still go ahead and change names on your passport, driver's licence and all other documents whilst leaving your name as is at work. 

When a bride takes her husband’s name after marriage, she isn’t legally changing names. She is simply assuming her husband’s name. This means she is free to be known by her maiden name at any time and for any reason.

This means it is ok to have two different names. One is the name that appears on your identification, accounts, memberships and so on. The other name is one you are commonly known by.

Some advice for keeping your name at work

If you decide to change the name on your passport and bank accounts, but retain your maiden name at work, then just watch out for a few common pitfalls:

  • Ensure your work books any international plane tickets under the name in your passport
  • Advise payroll when your bank account details change
  • Ensure your pension is updated into the correct name.

Are you ready to change names?

If you want to change names on your records all you need to get started is your marriage certificate. Next, it's up to you to contact each company where you hold identification or records and ask your name to be updated. Companies have a range of name change procedures. You might be asked to return a form, send a letter or fax, visit a branch or even change your name over the phone. Get the name change procedure for each company and learn what documents to send where.

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