In my LinkedIn presentations that I give I’m frequently asked what to do about maiden names on a LinkedIn profile. My East Coast buddy Thomas E. Kenny forwarded me a response he got from one of his contacts, which she got from LinkedIn customer support, regarding the very question. Here’s what they recommend:
Please select the Account & Settings link in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. Go to the Settings section and select Name Edit. The first name field should include your maiden name in parentheses. Example: Firstname (Maiden) Lastname.
It makes sense as an easy workaround for now. My only concern has to do with LinkedIn allegedly changing people’s profile information without consent or notice. If indeed they do that, I’m guessing they do it based on various search criteria, and perhaps having a parenthesis in your name field would trigger that.
So, I’d recommend you do it, but keep an eye on it to see if it somehow disappears