What Are My Marriage Name Options?

What Are My Marriage Name Options?

What Are My Marriage Name Options?

As a bride you have 4 options for taking a new name.  You can take any one of the options below and as a married couple you can have different surnames.  Any of these changes can be taken with only your marriage certificate as evidence of your new name.

  • You can change your surname to your husband's surname. It is a custom for a bride to change names, not the law. However since the mid 90’s approximately 85% of brides still choose to take their husbands name. 
  • Take a double barrelled surname. This is where your husband's surname is added to yours. Traditionally the husband's name appears last, but you can put it in any order and put a space or hyphen between the names. Some companies may insist you have a deed poll, however you can change your passport and driving licence with just your marriage certificate, you can then use your updated passport and driving licence as evidence of your new name for subsequent changes.
  • You can use a combination of your married and maiden name.  Professionally you may want to retain your maiden name, especially as you have developed a reputation in your industry. Personally you may chose to change names on your identification and other records. Just ensure your personal documents and ID are consistently under the one name.
  • You can leave your name as is and take no action.


Want a different surname entirely?

A couple could change their surname name to something entirely different, but would need a deed poll. If a couple decides they both want a new name, it is easiest for the husband to change his surname before the wedding, then after the wedding the bride can use her wedding certificate to assume her husband's name. A deed poll is also required if you want to change any spelling, add or drop a name.

Ready to start changing names?

If you are already married and know what name you want to take, then you're ready to start. Simply start using your new name, then request all the necessary companies update your records. Companies have different name change processes. Banks usually require you to visit a branch in person, other companies may need you to return a form, send a letter or call up. Learn what to send where and build your own custom name change checklist.


As a bride you have 4 choices for your new married name.  The only official document needed is your wedding certificate.

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