The surname that a married woman used from birth, prior to its being legally changed at marriage.
- In the last year of college, when everyone was trying to find a catchy ‘stage name’ I made lists and lists, researching old family names, maiden names, names that just sounded good.
- I kept my maiden name as a second middle name, but I'd not want to saddle any of my kids with it.
- Naomi would like to change her daughters' surname to her own maiden name.
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Syllabification: maid·en name
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