Changing my name & changing my name at work

posted 2 years ago in Names
  • poll: What should I do?
    Change your email signature now : (4 votes)
    44 %
    Wait and change it when you legally change your name : (2 votes)
    22 %
    Wait and change it when you get your new email : (3 votes)
    33 %
    I have another suggestion : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I would change it now if you eventually want to go by your new name at work.  

    Post # 5
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    MsGinkgo:  Change it now.  At my company it’s a nightmare to get your email changed when you change your name.  Another co-worker got married the same day I did and changed her name right away.  They botched her email account and she didn’t get emails for a few days then they misspelled her name.  I decided just to keep my maiden name email until I change jobs and can start fresh with my married name.  For my eamil signature bar I started using my maiden and married name together immediately after my name change was approved by the Bar which only took a few weeks after the wedding.

    Post # 6
    219 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    This worried me a lot to. I’m well-established and can get a lot of things done because people know me. It was suggested that I change my signature block to first name maiden name (soon to be married name).  This worked well for another individual I worked with.

    So far it seems to be working in that people are noticing. I changed it a couple of weeks before the wedding and it will take me a couple of weeks for my name to actually change and then my email to change. Unfortunately, we no longer have control over our email addresses, so once my name legally changes, my address automatically changes.  I am going to start using my married name now in meetings to start the second phase of the transition.

    No matter what, I’m going to lose a lot contacts and alot ofstuff used to be able to get done based upon name recognition. So, if you are relatively new, I would recommend changing it as soon as possible! No sense in waiting.

    Post # 7
    3623 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    MsGinkgo:  You shouldn’t talk to us, you should talk to your IT department :-). They all have different rules and it isn’t necessarily your choice. We got upset thinking we had choices that we didn’t.

    Where I work, my email is still my maiden name email. My signature is still my maiden name. My paycheck, timecard, and HR forms are under my married name. The reason? No one bothered to push the paperwork through and I have no idea who to nag. I personally prefer to have my maiden name on emails. Every married women in my office does it and it works for my agency. Where most of my friends work, they all changed it as soon as they changed their name legally in the system. The only exception was a few places changed theirs as soon as they got back from their honeymoon and long before the name change was official.

    If I were you, I would see if you could change it now. It will make things easier in the long run.

    Post # 9
    3623 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    MsGinkgo:  I am so jealous. Words cannot express how jealous I am. I will be stuck with my maiden name for as long as I am here 🙂

    Post # 10
    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014


    MsGinkgo:  I would change it now.  Either way people will be confused at first when they see the new last name…might as well give them more time to get used to it!  I changed my signature before my email got updated….my email was updated this past Monday…and i’m getting a lot of emails saying is this firstname lastname? lol First name has stayed the same but still throws people off. Might as well give them a little extra time to adjust to it.

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