Is It Appropriate to Use Both Your Maiden and Married Names?

There are many choices to be made when planning a wedding. Big or small event? Is there a theme? What time of year or location? Many women struggle with deciding whether to go by their marital name, maiden name, or both. This blog examines the possibility of using both.


Many women who are well-established in their careers place a high value on their surname; altering it could make them feel like they’re just beginning over. Due to the rising average age of brides and the widespread use of the internet for speedy people searches, this is more true than ever. Changing your name could impact LinkedIn, one of the most widely used platforms for connecting with people in their business.

Using your new married name personally but sticking to your maiden name professionally could be the solution. Brides are doing this increasingly frequently, and while it may not work for everyone, many find that if they are well-established in their industry and wish to maintain their reputation, it is a fantastic alternative. This solution can help you maintain a clear separation between your personal and business life, and it is entirely legal. 

The Advantages of Using Both Names

If you use your maiden name professionally, you won’t have to worry about confusing clients or your professional network about your name change. There won’t be any awkward networking event introductions, and there will be no need to alter your business cards. There will be no trouble in informing your clients of your new name. You can keep up the strong professional reputation you have built without causing misunderstandings. This option especially appeals to lawyers, doctors, and other professionals who choose to preserve their maiden names professionally or double barrel, which is another option to consider.

Who To Inform When You Change Your Name

You must update official identification documents with your new name, such as your driver’s licence and passport. If you wish to change your passport to reflect your married name, you can request in section 8 of your passport renewal application form to have it indicated that you use your maiden name professionally. It’s crucial to remember that your “observed” name is solely for identification and will not be used for border control, so you cannot travel using it. It is important to consider whether your passport name (new or maiden) and your NHS record should match up with any necessary immunisation records for international travel.

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