- 19 June 2013. I am very pleased with the speed of my deed poll and the emails keeping me updating and very impressed with the info before and after overall 10/10 and I would definatly recommend to a friend and I have already done so it was very important to me to change my la...
Mandy, Bilston, Wolverhampton.
A woman's rights upon marriage
Contrary to popular belief, a woman's surname doesn’t automatically change to her husband's surname upon marriage. Neither does a marriage certificate indicate in any way which surname you will be using in the future. A marriage certificate simply records the names of the couple that’s getting married. After your marriage, it’s entirely up to you which surname you want to be known by.
Your options, which are explained in detail in this article, are to:
- Continue using your maiden name
- Take your husband's surname
- Change to a double-barrelled surname
- Take your husband's surname and make your maiden name a middle name
- ‘Mesh’ (or combine) your surnames to make a new surname
Although you can use the following links to go directly to the different sections of this article, we strongly recommend you read the full article first. This way you’ll get a full understanding of all your options.
Sections in this article
Click on the links below to view each section of this article.
1. Name change options that do not need a Deed Poll
2. Name change options that may or will need a Deed Poll
3. When to apply for your Deed Poll
4. Changing your title to ‘Mrs’
5. Making other changes to your name
6. Continuing to use your maiden name at work
This page was last checked today by Helen Whittaker, Senior Deed Poll Officer.