Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

Can one use their middle name instead of their first name?

Can an individual disregard their 

legal first name from documents ?

If John Allen Doe simply dislikes his first name and most of his friends and family call him Allen, can he one day decide to no longer use his first name when signing documents ?

Can a personal check just be signed Allen Doe ?

When applying for a student loan or a job, can he omit " John " ?

If stopped by the police , can he legally identify himself as just being Allen Doe?

Under what instances is one required to use the full name printed on their birth certificate or ID ?

9 Answers

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    To delete the first name from official documents they'd have to undergo a formal name change. But plenty of people use their middle names informally. The Duchess of Sussex is actually named 'Rachel Meghan Markle', as just one example. 

  • 1 month ago

    IN MOST STATES you can actually use whatever name you want to. AS LONG as you also put or say AKA ALSO KNOWN AS.. IT IS LEGAL.. ALSO NO LAW says IF you have a kid it has to have your legal name.. YOU CAN NAME IT WHATEVER YOU WANT TO and The name on the Birth Cert. becomes its legal name., even last names can be changed that way.. and WIVES DO NOT HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR LAST NAMES to a Partners last name.  

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Your legal name is the name on your Birth Certificate or a legal document that changes your birth name, for example, a Name Change Order or marriage (if you choose to take a different last name).

    The name filed with the bank on a checking account is the name in which checks must be signed.

    For all other legal purposes you must use your legal name.  Why would you confuse anything by omitting your first name?

    I sign with my first and middle initials and full last name.  That is not using my middle name or an assumed name.

  • 1 month ago

    On a personal check, he must sign whatever he signed on the signature card at the bank.  It doesn't even has to be legible -- it can be a random scrawl, but it hasn't to match, and he can't simply start signing differently.  If he wants to change how he signs, he has to go to the bank and change the signature on the card there.

    When applying for a job, he can put what he wants on his resume, but the name on the Form I-9 has to match his ID and the name on the W-4 has to match his social security card.

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  • 1 month ago

    He can LEGALLY CHANGE his name. That will always be easier than learning the answer to your question as asked.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You can call yourself what you like, however when it comes to legal documents you need to use your legal if you want to exclude your legal first name then legally change your name, then it is legal and you can exclude your first name of all and any documents

  • 1 month ago

    If stopped by police, you need to give the same name as on your driver's license. If traveling internationally, you need to give the same name as on your passport. In many situations, you need to give the same name as on your social security record, or on your birth certificate. It is common in many cultures to change your last name upon marriage, especially for women.

    The authorities ... police, companies, taxman, etc. ... are looking for the name you give to match what is in various records. There are procedures to change the name in those records, or to add an "also known as" name.

    Your signature does NOT have to match your formal name. It doesn't even have to be readable. But it should be consistent. A bank would be justified in rejecting a check signed as "Allen Doe", when the signature sample you gave when you opened the account was "John A. Doe". Or if the original sample was a drawing of a dagger, they would reject a picture of an ox.

  • 1 month ago

    On legal documents a person has to sign his full given name. If stopped by police, the driver/passenger must give his /her legal name. If you do not like your parent given name, apply to the court for a name change

  • You can legally call yourself anything you want, provided you're not committing fraud or impersonating someone else.  Difficulties only arise if you need to prove that you're the same person as the one on your birth certificate or in an earlier transaction.  Is Allen Doe the same person as John Doe or is it his brother?  The usual way of proving this is with a document called a deed poll which is basically just a statement saying "I used to be called X, but now I want to be called Y".  There are various web sites that let you do this on-line (for a fee).  Contrary to popular opinion, a deed poll doesn't change your name - it's just evidence that you have changed your name.

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