Ministry of Health
Reverting To A Maiden Surname Or Previous Married Name
- After marriage, you can choose to continue using your own surname, or you can start using your spouse's surname. Changing to your spouse's surname does not constitute a legal change of name under the Name Act.
- A spouse by marriage may use the surname he or she had immediately before the marriage, the surname he or she had at birth or by adoption, or the surname of his or her spouse by marriage.
- Please note: A Change of Name would be necessary to combine or hyphenate surnames.
- Individuals who decide to revert to their original surname at a later date do not need to apply for a Change of Name.
- In the case of divorce or a person just wanting to revert to a previous name, they may choose: their married surname; their previous married surname; or, their name at birth.
- To change your identification, please contact each agency directly to obtain
the necessary requirements on making the requested change.