(Closed) Changing your lastname?

posted 6 years ago in Names
  • poll: Did you change your last name?
    Yes, I took my husbands last name. : (112 votes)
    69 %
    I hyphened my maiden name and his last name. : (7 votes)
    4 %
    No, I kept my maiden name. : (32 votes)
    20 %
    Other (please explain) : (11 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    8884 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I am definitely taking his last name. I am very traditional and I am excited to take his last name.

    Post # 4
    774 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think thats alittle extreme to be honest lol. I’m changing mine. My Fiance hasnt pressured me at all, but he said he would like me too. I told my parents and they said they dont care either way, its my choice. Im still the same person, my last name is just different.

    Post # 5
    1033 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I kept my last name because it was important to ME


    That’s great if your mom feels that way about her name, just as it’s great how you feel about YOUR name–you should do whatever YOU want–not let other people (mom-fiance, etc) browbeat you.

    I always thought I would growing up, but as the wedding approached I realized how important it was to me to keep my name.

    Post # 6
    693 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We’re both traditional so I always planned to take his.  Even though I kind of hate it.  No one can pronounce it from the way it looks (it’s french). 😛

    Post # 7
    3969 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I am thinking (not sure yet) that I want to make my maiden name a second middle name. It just sounds weird together.

    Post # 8
    3482 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @fiver: Agreed 100%.

    Post # 9
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Spectrespecs:  I don’t think I will be taking FI’s last name. I’m already published under my name, so I’m not opposed to going by his name socially but I want to stick with my name in my career. Haven’t 100% decided whether I’ll take both names or not, though. When I told my mom this, she freaked out and told me that “a family can’t be a family without a family name” (ie- the complete OPPOSITE of your mom’s reaction lol). My advice? Go with whatever your gut tells you to do and ignore whatever everyone else has to say about it 🙂

    Post # 10
    2106 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’l be taking his last name for a few reasons.  Let’s say I’m Ms. A and he’s Mr. B.   I would never want to be called Mrs. A because that’s my mom’s name. Growing up, my friends called her Mrs. A.  My sister in law, when she married my brother, became Mrs. A. 

    I’m not hyphenating because my first name is 3 syllables, my middle name is 2 syllables, and each of our current last names are two syllables. 3 2 2-2.  It’s a mouthful.

    My only regret is that my last name is a color (and not a common color name like brown or green) and thus easy to spell, pronounce, explain over a bad phone like, “It’s BLANK! Like, the color!”  His last name is a bastardized spelling of an archiac French word for lawyer and has all sorts of double letters and a silent letter at the end. I don’t look forward to trying to explain how to spell it to people now, “It’s BLANK! Like, the… here do you have a pen?”

    Post # 11
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Spectrespecs:  Maiden name is becoming new middle name, and I’m taking his last name.

    Post # 12
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I will be taking his name… he is very traditional,and he really wants this- hes looking forward to me having his name. and i was married before and HATE HATE my last name now.. i was considering changing my middle name to my maiden name- but decided against it…. the only thing is i will having a mouthful of a name once we are married but i def wont get confused with anyone else

    Post # 13
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    I plan on taking his last name. My last name is longer than his and will look weird hyphenated and it’s just more complicated

    Post # 14
    1903 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I will be taking my Fiance surname, it’s tradition after all. In fact if I didn’t I would probably get more comments as to why not 🙂

    Post # 15
    580 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I will be hyphenating. Only one on poll so far!

    Post # 16
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I’m finishing my PhD and plan to be Dr. MyLastName, but Mrs. HisLastName.

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