maiden name


Definition of maiden name

: the surname of a woman before she marries

Examples of maiden name in a Sentence

After she divorced, she took back her maiden name.

Recent Examples on the Web

Chicago nurse Katherine Hayes, whose maiden name was Baltz, was charged with recruiting nurses from across the city — nurses who were single, under the age of 40 and nursing school graduates. Lisa Schencker,, "During World War II, Chicago doctors and nurses set up hospitals overseas. Now Northwestern is telling their story.," 19 Aug. 2019 The man saw her maiden name, Ruis, on her profile and told her to go back to Mexico. Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times, "Their U.S. roots date back centuries, but these Latinos still wonder if it’s enough to belong," 16 Aug. 2019 Meyer's early years Meyer, whose maiden name is Prideaux, described her childhood in a blighted area of Youngstown, Ohio, as isolated. NBC News, "She was an American child bride. Now, Genevieve is fighting to stop it from happening to others.," 12 Aug. 2019 The scam is clever: A malevolent actor calls your cellphone carrier pretending to be you, and after confirming some key information such as your mother’s maiden name, transfers your phone number to their device. Washington Post, "Millennial Money: How to outsmart smartphone scammers," 13 Aug. 2019 Kim Romanchuk played college basketball at Oakland University in Michigan under her maiden name McDowell. Edward Lee,, "'I’ve never seen anything like it’: Mount Airy’s Daniel Romanchuk setting records, emerging as one of world’s top parathletes," 12 July 2019 There are a few entities that asked a couple of decades ago for my mom’s maiden name., "It’s stupid when companies ask for online security questions like mother’s maiden name, last four of SSN: Money Matters," 10 July 2019 The medium’s capacity for conveying familiarity is apparent in an 1855 half-plate of abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Lucy Stone, who took the then-unheard of step of keeping her maiden name upon marrying husband Henry Blackwell. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines," 9 July 2019 Since her breakout World Cup in 2015, Bronze, whose middle name is also her mother’s maiden name, has been on a high with the national team as well. Kevin Baxter,, "World Cup Group D preview: Lucy Bronze hopes to make England a tough match," 4 June 2019

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1689, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of maiden name

: a woman's family name before she is married

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Kids Definition of maiden name

: a woman's last name before she is married

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