Post # 1
I’m one of the youngest in my family. A lot of my cousins are almost 20 years older than I am, and are married already with kids. Throughout the process of addressing the invitations, and receiving RSVPs, I have come to realize that a lot of my cousins did not fully change their last names. There are quite a few hyphenated names, a few people just kept their maiden name. I could probably count on one hand the number of people who completely took their husbands name.
I’m just wondering if there are any Bees out there who are excited to change their name? I couldn’t be happier to change mine. I’m looking forward to it almost as much as I am looking forward to the wedding.
I’m just surprised how common it is to keep the maiden name.
Post # 3
I was happy to change mine…I wanted to rid myself of the negativity I hold in regards to my family name..
I only know of a few people who didn’t change their name..most seem pretty traditional here.
Post # 4
@MrsGatito: I’d never keep my maiden name or hypenate. I think it’s ridiculous (especially for us because 2 long Russian names would sound absurd). To each their own though. I happily changed mine and it makes me feel like more of a family unit.
Post # 5
Yes! I am super happy to take his name! It’s something very important to him and he is super proud of his name .. so him giving it to me is really special to me!
Post # 6
I was very excited to change mine. I wanted to have the same name as my kids (if we have them), I wanted to share a name with DH, and I would never hyphenate.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
I was happy!! It actually makes my name quite close to a former U.S. President that DH is ACTUALLY distantly related to, and that makes me giggle. I am loving the new name!
Post # 8
@MrsGatito: I can’t wait to change mine! I do have some small pangs of sadness about “losing” my maiden name, but it won’t really be lost. It will be a part of me forever, will be on my future childrens’ birth certificates, etc. I see it as the final step in becoming husband and wife.
Post # 9
@MrsGatito: I was pretty apathetic to my name change. I’m fine to do it its just a pain in the ass. But I didn’t really think of it. Hyphenating it didn’t seem like something I wanted to do (plus it would have been a mouthful), but I didn’t really want to keep my maiden name either because taxes are then obnoxious to fill out. I just became Mrs. S and that was that
Post # 10
@urchin: +1, I’ve never know anyone who didn’t change their name either.
Post # 11
@MrsGatito: I’m happy for us to have the same name. His is ridiculously similar to mine already, so I don’t really care either way about what it is. I’d really love for us to start out with a new name, but he waffles about how much he wants that.
Post # 12
I am so happy to change my last name. I removed my middle name, and replaced it with my maiden name. Something about being called “The (hislastname)’s” or Mr. & Mrs. hislastname is soo exciting. Plus, how am I going to put up a cute monogrammed flag under our mailbox if our last names aren’t the same? LOL
Post # 13
I can’t wait to change mine. My current last name is 11 letters long and spelling it to people my whole life has been a pain. His is nice and easy and 5 letters. Plus I’m so excited to share my FI’s last name and be our own little family!
Post # 14
Okay, so maybe it’s just a common thing within my family! I was writing some thank you cards last night for my bridal shower and it hit me how many of my cousins did not change their name.
I can’t wait to change my name. The other day we got mail from the Church and it was addressed to Mr & Mrs. ____ and I felt so happy. It’s a little premature, but it made me super happy.
I have even created my new email account already. It’ll be ready to use right after the wedding!
Post # 15
I made a post a while back about my hesitations in changing my name because, as a coconut, it’s the one big sign that says I’m Mexican…or at least Hispanic. I don’t speak Spanish and even with my last name, people think I’m at least half white. While his last name isn’t common, it’s very much Germanic in origin and apparently my first name is very common in Poland even though mine comes from Spanish, but isn’t common in that context. I know none of that really matters in the grand scheme, but I’m proud of my heritage and culture and don’t want to be identified as part of a group I’m not. However, I will be changing my last name to his because I’ve always dreamt of doing so. I wouldn’t feel married without it.
Post # 16
Yep was happy to change it, though even 2 years later once in a while I sign my maiden name by mistake. Old habits die hard