Whenever the maiden name is different from married name for women, is there a verb for identifying a married woman who is known by her maiden name?

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  • What do you mean by maiden name? – Noah Mar 23 '14 at 4:21
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    What do you mean by "identifying"? – Peter Shor Mar 23 '14 at 11:52
  • And I don't think you're really wanting a verb, are you? – JLG Mar 23 '14 at 18:53
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    @Noah Wherever the change of woman's name after her marriage is practiced, maiden name is the name of a woman before her marriage – Thale Mar 24 '14 at 3:03
  • You probably mean adjective since you want to describe an attribute of an object. – Ram Mar 25 '14 at 3:10

There is really no common way to identify a woman who has maintained her maiden name. (Or to identify a married woman who does not use the term Mrs., for that matter. A woman who uses the term Dr. for example.)

The typically used method for identifying a woman as having a different name from her maiden name is:

Née -- It is the French feminine past participle of naître (to be born).

In other words: Jane Jones née Smith means Jane Jones (who was born Jane Smith).

Compare this practice to women who hyphenate their names: Jane Smith-Jones. Where again, Smith is her maiden name, and Jones is her married name.

Née can still be used to identify a woman who has kept her maiden name, as its meaning is still born. And, I've seen this construction applied in the past. But, it feels rather strange to see Jane Jones née Jones. Most would assume that she married a man of the same name.

  • I think the question is about a married women who uses her maiden name as her last name even though she is still married. Née refers to her maiden name and does not indicate that the married women actually continues to use her maiden name as her last name. – Ram Mar 25 '14 at 3:09
  • @ram Née would actually still apply. It would seem strange, but it just means born. I guess I misinterpreted the question, but I've edited to answer that portion of it. – David M Mar 25 '14 at 3:10
  • I understand and agree with your translation; my point is that the request is for a word that specifically indicates that the women continues to use her maiden name which I believe née does not. Consider Jane Jones who is married to Jim Jeffries; while most Jane's would go by Jane Jeffries this one goes by Jane Jones. Construct a sentence using née that conveys that Jane goes by Jones ant not by Jeffries where the distinction is implied strictly by the word née. Notice that Jane Jones née Jane Jones does not convey the desired meaning. – Ram Mar 25 '14 at 3:14
  • @Ram I have actually seen that very construction. But, I agree as to its strangeness. – David M Mar 25 '14 at 3:15
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    @Ram I believe that no is sometimes an answer. But, a no that explains the convention otherwise is better than a flat no. But, I agree . . . It would be better were there a proper answer. – David M Mar 25 '14 at 3:20

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