Amy Choate-Nielsen: Changing names is a generations-old dilemma


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  • Mutti Draper, UT
    April 17, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    I recently had an experience in renewing my drivers license. They wanted my Driver's license, Social Security Card and Passport to all be exactly the same. Some years ago, I wanted to honor my father and so started using my maiden name initial instead of my middle name. I changed the Social security card to reflect that. However, they would not change the passport. When I renewed my driver's license a month ago, I had to bring my citizenship paper, passport, and social security card. They admonished me to get them all the same since they are being more careful about identity. So, whatever you use, keep it consistent on all legal documents and credit cards. I am still in the process of changing everything to match the Passport.

  • loraleechoate Logan, UT
    April 16, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    I married into "The Choate Clan". I started off life as Loralee Mitchell and yet matrimony moved me into having to habitually spell both of my names out for people. Oh, well. At least there is only one of me in the entire world. (I can't say the same for my husband, since his name is, well...Jon. I suppose it really does run in the family.) ;)

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2014 6:46 a.m.

    When we married, my wife decided to keep her "maiden name" and I supported her choice. That was exactly what I expected a strong, independent woman to do - and I'm very proud of her. Having her own identity takes nothing away from me.