3 Theories Why Portia de Rossi Wants To Change Her Name to DeGeneres


Portia De Rossi has legally made steps to change her name to her wife’s so she would soon be officially Portia Lee James DeGeneres. According to reports, last week she filed the paperwork for the name change. She was born Amanda Lee Rogers but goes by the name Portia de Rossi.

The two got married in August 2008 and she is just now going through the paperwork to have her name officially changed, and it would be much more convenient for Portia to make the name change instead of Ellen. Ellen had the whole Ellen DeGeneres brand and since Portia last name wasn’t de Rossi in the first place, it makes sense for her to make that change. But the big question is, why now?

Here are a couple of theories. Is it a political reaction to the newest development of Prop 8? U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker made a “historic ruling last week, he found that same-sex marriage is a federal constitutional right and thus cannot be abridged by Proposition 8.” Portia tweeted after the ruling ,”I am ecstatic that Proposition 8 has been overturned in the state of California. This is an incredibly exciting and historical day and a big step towards equal rights for all,” So could the name change be just their way to celebrate that?

Or perhaps, the two are finally ready to add to their family. I know of many families who finally get around to changing their last name just to make it easier on their children. Although they haven’t publicized any near future plans, Portia had told People “”We go back and forth,” about the prospect of having children. “I don’t know if it’s our immediate future. It’s something we talk about every few months.”

“It’s something we would never take lightly and just say, ‘That would be fun.’ It’s a lot of work and we recognize that,” said Ellen. “In a way, we want to be selfish because we love our life, but we know how much that adds to it.” Ellen added, “If they would be as pretty as Brad and Angelina’s kids, we might.” But Ellen also has said, “I don’t think we’re going to have kids. We have animals, and we love them,” Ellen told PEOPLE on Tuesday. “And, you know, we are brand new aunts. [Portia’s] brother and his wife just had a baby girl who’s a month old now, and it’s fun to be a part of that.” Maybe it’s LOTS of fun…could babies be next?

Or maybe they just wanted to be like almost all married couples who not only share a life, a home but a last name.

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