What is Hillary Rodham Clinton’s legal name? She used Hillary Rodham (both legally and by choice) after marrying Bill Clinton. I believe that she started going by Hillary Clinton during Bill’s second (?) campaign for governor, since many in Arkansas were uncomfortable with a wife not taking her husband’s last name. She did not, however, legally change her name at that time. After the '92 election, she requested that reporters refer to her as Hillary Rodham Clinton. Has she ever legally changed her name from Hillary Rodham and, if so, to what? Thanks.