What is Needed to Become An AKA?

What is needed to become an ‘aka’ (a.k.a.), or ‘also known as,’ is an alias or name change. A spouse who takes his or her spouse’s surname may be listed as ‘a.k.a.’ For example, Jeremiah Jackson marries Josephine Johnson, and each takes the other’s surname in hyphenated form. Jeremiah Jackson is now ‘Jeremiah Jackson a.k.a. Jeremiah Jackson-Johnson.’ Of course, the acronym ‘a.k.a.’ is used only in legal situations, such as in court documents or in a police description. You’d look like a real nitwit if you tried signing checks with ‘a.k.a.’