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

Interestingly, Miley repped her maiden name, instead of her new married name, Hemsworth. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus Wore the Coolest Monogrammed High Heels to the 2019 Grammys," 11 Feb. 2019 Some of her closest friends on Monday said Ford — whose maiden name is pronounced BLAH-zee — is ready to stand up to her most important inquisitors: the senators who had been on the verge of confirming Kavanaugh just days ago. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Seattle Times, "Who is Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of court nominee Kavanaugh?," 18 Sep. 2018 Alyssa Bodeau, whose maiden name is Wold, worked for 1 1/2 years as a baby-sitter and nanny for Gesser’s three children before an encounter in 2015. Thomas Clouse, The Seattle Times, "Former WSU QB Jason Gesser resigns amid sexual-misconduct allegations," 18 Sep. 2018 The couple eventually divorced and Eckert has since changed back to her maiden name. Cynthia Koons,, "Drugmaker revives female libido pill Addyi, at half the price," 11 June 2018 Christina's maiden name was Christina Meursinge Haack. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Tarek El Moussa of 'Flip or Flop' Has the Most Interesting Family History," 20 Sep. 2018 But since then, women have established the options of hyphenation, keeping their maiden name as a middle name, or retaining their original surname altogether. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "More Newlywed Couples Are Combining Their Last Names—Would You?," 10 Aug. 2018 My mother’s married and maiden names are both spelled wrong. Lara B. Sharp, Longreads, "A Tiny Scar, From Falling," 21 May 2018 The actress, who took Abrams’ last name after the two exchanged vows and became Garth Abrams, also requested the court to restore her maiden name. Alexia Fernandez,, "Jennie Garth Asks Court to Deny Husband Dave Abrams Any Spousal Support in Wake of Their Divorce," 15 June 2018

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1689, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maiden name was in 1689

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English Language Learners Definition of maiden name

: a woman's family name before she is married

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: a woman's last name before she is married

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