JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Name changes #general


Sally Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>
 

If I decided to call myself 'John Doe', I would tell you to call me John.
Lots of entertainers do this - you see one name in Lights on Broadway, but
they are something else in 'real life'. Is this a name change? It used to
happen this simply in the US: someone would decide to be 'John Doe' and that
was their real name.

When Social Security started, that changed. You could have friends call you
John, but for anything legal, you had to get a court order or marriage or
divorce papers - something legal - before you could change your Social
Security Account, your driver's license, or your credit cards to your new
name. I know 'cause I've been there, and my divorce papers spelled my name
wrong, even though I spelled my name in court. Imagine, the court reporter
couldn't get the spelling of Bruckheimer right, so I had to get it fixed!

Sally Bruckheimer
Bridgewater, NJ

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