Assuming Hubby’s Name

In Ontario, to change your name after marriage, you can either legally change your name or just assume your spouse’s name. A legal name change requires you to also change your Ontario birth certificate, which is odd.

I’m trying to cross everything off my to-do list and changing my name was one of them. I finally got around to doing it today and although, this didn’t require much mental preparation, I was totally caught off guard for other reasons.

The Photo

I recently renewed my cards with new photos, so I didn’t expect this one. I had just come in from a brisk 15 minute walk and was fully winterized – multiple layers, gloves, boots, toque, etc. I was all warm and sweaty, my face was red, and I had bad hat head. I’m so [not] looking forward to my IDs.

The Signature

It never dawned on me that I had to change my signature! When I was young, I used to have a blast thinking of creative ways to write my name. And since I decided on my “adult” signature, I never thought about it again. There I was, at the counter, being asked for a brand new signature. Eek. I quickly drew one up, hoping I won’t hate it.


Well, after 6 months and that short ordeal, I finally did it! Name assumed.