About three years ago, I got married and changed my name. The way I did it was:
From - Aspidistra MiddleName MaidenName
To - Aspidistra MaidenName HusbandsName.
It’s not a name-change pattern that I’ve seen anyone use in this country, but I’ve seen it a lot used by well-known Americans - eg.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Mary Baker Eddy
Robin Wright Penn
Ursula Kroeber LeGuin
…and so on.
Now I’m trying to persuade the passport office (who have already proven to me over the past week that they are an evil nitpicking rule-bound organization from Hell who will do everything in their power to thwart me) that they should let me have this name on my passport.
In aid of helping me gather ammunition for my assault on the Bastions of Bureaucracy, I’d like to find out…
[li]How common is this formulation amoung women in the US. Am I doing it right? Or should the full version be “Aspidistra MiddleName MaidenName HusbandsSurname”?[/li][li]Is it supported by the bureaucracy in the US? Can women use this format on official documents over there, or is it a purely informal one used by women who were already well-known before getting married?[/li][li]Anyone outside the US done this? Especially in Oz.[/li][li]Who are some more famous three-name women whose existance I can beat the passport office over the head with (so to speak…)?[/li][/ul]