Cassie
Savvy August 2020

Last name confusion

Cassie, on July 20, 2020 at 1:05 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 10
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My fiancé is Mexican and has 2 last names, Valdez-Rivera. I am wanting to change my last name but am not sure which one to do. Does anyone have insight on which name I take?

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Latest activity by Future Mrs.Randolph, on July 23, 2020 at 7:36 PM
  • Alma
    Expert October 2020
    Alma ·
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    In the Mexican culture, you usually take the LAST name. So in your case, it would be Rivera. 😀 But then again, it’s also personal preference!
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  • Alma
    Expert October 2020
    Alma ·
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    Omg i think Im wrong actually! It would be Valdez. My last name is Oblea-Muñoz. Oblea is my father’s last name, and Munoz is my Mother’s. My mom however, is Mrs. Oblea lol
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  • A
    Super February 2020
    Andrea ·
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    It would be the first of the two names. The fathers name is first, then the mothers. My moms maiden name is Chang Garcia. Now she’s Mrs Chen-Chang.
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  • Elmarose
    Expert July 2022
    Elmarose ·
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    Personal preference to be honest my mom took my step dads and kept hers Garcia-Angeles ☺️
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  • Mrs.a
    Master October 2021
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    If it’s a personal preference I would choose Valdez Smiley smile

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  • Wendy
    Super August 2021
    Wendy ·
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    It would be the first last name because that’s the fathers last name. My fiancé also has 2 last names and I have opted not to change mine because I don’t want a hyphenated last name. So I am keeping mineSmiley smile
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  • Martha
    Devoted February 2024
    Martha ·
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    You would take Valdez since that is his fathers last name, Rivera was his mothers last name.

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  • Cassie
    Savvy August 2020
    Cassie ·
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    Thank you for the information!
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  • Cassie
    Savvy August 2020
    Cassie ·
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    Yes, this makes sense! Thank you!
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  • Future Mrs.Randolph
    Dedicated February 2022
    Future Mrs.Randolph ·
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    Kinda off topic but it is relevant ...Also, be mindful of your states DMV rules when it comes to that. I know in my state if your husband has two last names you have to put both last names on your DL/ID you can't pick.

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