- The definition of a maiden name is the surname or birth name a woman has before she marries and takes her husband's last name.
An example of maiden name is Jones for a woman who was named Sarah Jones before she married and became Sarah Stein.
maiden name definition by Webster's New World
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the surname that a married woman had before marrying: now used chiefly with regard to a woman who has adopted her husband's surname
maiden name definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A woman's family name before she is married. Used of a surname that is replaced by a woman when she marries. Also called birth name.