Is this too similar to my current last name?

I did many embarrassing things in my twnties that I now regret and am looking for a name change as a way to distance from them.

My current last name is " Minguez " and I want to change it to the less distinctive " Dominguez" which is a very common name where I live. I like the name, but wonder is it too similar and that it might cause issues? I like that it starts with a different letter because my first name starts with an M as wellbut I think that might cause issues to.


By EVie
October 22, 2016 11:28 AM

Have you tried Googling your new name to see what comes up? If anything from your life until now does come up in the search, then yes, it's too close. If not, I think you're safe.

October 25, 2016 8:51 PM

Hi, and ther is no record of my old life when i google my new last name. my first name is Melissa which I think is very common so there are a lot of women with the same name as me.


the more important question is adding two letters to my name is a legal hassle? Especially because the name changes the ffirst letter from M to D

By EVie
October 26, 2016 1:51 PM

I don't have any personal experience with name changes other than when you get married, but I think there are others here who do--maybe one of them will weigh in. It also varies from state to state. Legally speaking, a change is a change, though, so adding two letters to the beginning won't be any different from changing it to something else entirely. My understanding is that you have to go to court, pay a fee and get an amendment to your birth certificate.

October 26, 2016 8:13 PM

It depends on where you are. In the US, it depends on your state, but it's generally just a matter of filling out some paperwork and paying a fee. In some states you might actually have to make an appearance in court, too. Either way you'll have to promise that you aren't making the change for any fraudulent reason, like to avoid creditors.

Then the really big hassle is changing the name on all your records--credit cards, library cards, drivers license, magazine subscriptions, medical records, school records, etc.