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    women's name after marriage

    Do women's last names change after marriage? If she is married to Mr. Brown, so she will be Mrs. Brown?
    And if it is a formal process? I mean on her ID cards, her name should be changed?
    Last edited by atabitaraf; 09-Feb-2013 at 21:40.

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    Re: women's name after marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Do women's last names change after marriage? If she is married to Mr. Brown, so she will be Mrs. Brown?
    And if it is a formal process? I mean on her ID cards, her name should changed?
    In the UK it's optional. (We don't have ID cards.)

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    Re: women's name after marriage

    My first wife took my name; her sister hyphenated her husband's name with hers; my second wife kept her own name.

    ps. I do have an (out of date) ID card. They were obligatory during the 1939-45 war, and for seven years after.

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    Re: women's name after marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    My first wife took my name; her sister hyphenated her husband's name with hers; my second wife kept her own name.

    ps. I do have an (out of date) ID card. They were obligatory during the 1939-45 war, and for seven years after.
    So where did your wife or the other people write their husband's names? On the internet or any kind of national web?
    When you go to a company if the web is not working there, that would be a delay for the job. And all the companies and institutes must be organized with computer stuff; that would be a hassle for the people who dislike computers; lots of elderly people do.

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    Re: women's name after marriage

    I think passport is a kind of ID card on which you make the changes, is't it?

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    Re: women's name after marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    So where did your wife or the other people write their husband's names? On the internet or any kind of national web?
    When you go to a company if the web is not working there, that would be a delay for the job. And all the companies and institutes must be organized with computer stuff; that would be a hassle for the people who dislike computers; lots of elderly people do.
    I don't understand the question.

    In Britain, so long as there is no intent to deceive, we can call ourselves anything we wish. We do not have to register our own or our spouse's name anywhere. Of course, if we wish to be known by the name we have chosen, then we need to inform those people we wish to use that name of our decision.

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    Re: women's name after marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    I think passport is a kind of ID card on which you make the changes, is't it?
    No.

    A passport (definition 1) is a document that may be required to allow citizens to leave their own country, and that is generally required before people are allowed to enter another country.

    An identity card is something that people in most countries in the world have to carry in order to prove their identity when required.

    Changes in both documents can normally be made only by the issuing authority.
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    Re: women's name after marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    So where did your wife or the other people write their husband's names? On the internet or any kind of national web?
    When you go to a company if the web is not working there, that would be a delay for the job. And all the companies and institutes must be organized with computer stuff; that would be a hassle for the people who dislike computers; lots of elderly people do.
    Like 5jj, I don't understand this. But I do know that it's about computerized bureaucracy, and women who marry do have problems with that. I worked with married women who had taken their husband's name but kept their computer account name as if they were unmarried. (Of course, this itself can cause confusion. Women who marry - because of the ubiquity of computerized records - have to choose the lesser of two evils! I'm all right, Jack! - though I did consider changing my name by Deed Poll before getting married, so that MrsK could change her name to mine (which by that time would be hers). I chickened out though.

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    Re: women's name after marriage

    In the US, a state-issued driver's license is the most common form of ID. And yes, if a woman chooses to change her name after getting married she has to notify various entities that she has done so. These include the post office, credit cards/banks, and the state driver's license bureau.

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    Re: women's name after marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't understand the question.

    In Britain, so long as there is no intent to deceive, we can call ourselves anything we wish. We do not have to register our own or our spouse's name anywhere. Of course, if we wish to be known by the name we have chosen, then we need to inform those people we wish to use that name of our decision.
    I mean when a girl is born, if she wants to write her name to register at school or if she wants to take her passport, her given name and last name from her parents are written on documents.
    Now, when she is married and if she wants to be called with her husband's name, she has to change her passport or any other documents.
    Ex. 'Mary Brown' gets married to 'John White', so can she change the documents so her new name 'Mary White' is written on them?

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