When there is a name change of a party appearing on a document (deed, etc.), it may be reflected in several ways, such as: (1) mary smith, a married woman, w.a.t.a. (who acquired title as) mary jones, an unmarried woman. (2) mary smith, aka (also known as) mary jones. (3) mary smith, formerly mary jones. (4) mary smith, alias mary jones. Each may be applicable in different circumstances (how and why the name was changed).