maiden name

noun

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

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, PEOPLE.com, "Jennie Garth Asks Court to Deny Husband Dave Abrams Any Spousal Support in Wake of Their Divorce," 15 June 2018 Wilkinson is requesting joint legal and physical custody of their children Hank IV, 8, and Alijah, 4, and is also seeking the restoration of her maiden name. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Kendra Wilkinson Vows to Find Her 'Sexy Side' Again as She Turns 33: 'Let's Have Some Fun'," 12 June 2018 Prior to getting married, my e-mail address was based on my maiden name, and now it is based on my married name. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents disagree about daughter’s speeding offense," 15 May 2018 An immigration agent checking federal databases failed to run her Social Security number or her maiden name, which would have confirmed her citizenship, according to court records. Joel Rubin, latimes.com, "ICE held an American man in custody for 1,273 days. He’s not the only one who had to prove his citizenship," 27 Apr. 2018 KAMPERETT Designers Anna Chiu and Valerie Santillo, named KAMPERETT as a melding of their mothers’ maiden names. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Chic Fashion Brands Doing Things Right, Right Now," 2 July 2018 Many were not surprised by the decision to drop the 117-year-old moniker, which is the maiden name of the wife of the company's founder, John F. Queeny. Caitlin Dewey, chicagotribune.com, "Why 'Monsanto' is no more," 5 June 2018 By 2010, however, with the rent rising and new opportunities becoming apparent, what had been Ping Pong Gallery became Romer Young, christened with the maiden names of the couple’s mothers. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Three SF galleries under the radar but worth seeking out," 16 May 2018 Phones buzzed as media and alums checked in about Linden, who ran under the maiden name Davila from 1997 to 2001 before competing at Arizona State. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Boston Marathon fear of Chula Vista winner Linden: 'Don't blow it'," 16 Apr. 2018

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1689, in the meaning defined above

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maiden name

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maiden name

: a woman's family name before she is married

maiden name

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: a woman's last name before she is married

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