Can I Keep My Maiden Name at Work?

Can I Keep My Maiden Name at Work?

Can I Keep My Maiden Name at Work?

It's perfectly legal to keep your former 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 former 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.  (cont...)


If you take your spouse's surname after marriage, you are not legally changing names. A married name is simply an 'assumed name'. This means you're free to be known by your name at the time of your marriage at any time and for any reason.

This means it is ok to use both your married and your former name. You may have your married name on identification, accounts, memberships and records, but still be known by your name prior to marriage. 

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.

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You can keep your maiden name at work while taking your spouse's name on all identification and records. That's because your married name is considered an 'assumed name'. This means you can go back to your former name at any time. 

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