- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
First off let me start by telling you how I came to think of this. My mom has a younger sister who has a different dad. However, because my grandma was never married to my aunts father my aunt had my grandma’s last name (my mom’s maiden name but my grandma’s married name from when my grandparents were still together. Hope that’s not confusing anyone).
So my aunt grew up with a last name that wasn’t really hers. When my aunt got divorced she went to change her name and asked if she could change it to her father’s last name because she didn’t want to go back to a name that she wasn’t really related to. They told her she could change her name to whatever she wanted to.
Well I’ve grown up HATING my name. It’s a very common name (Amanda even though I go by Mandie). So when I’m married I plan to change my name. At first I wanted to change my entire name (first and middle) using a family name (which is also my daughters middle name). Then I thought about changing it to a name I wanted to use for any other daughters I may have in the future, but FI and I will not be having any more children.
However, now I feel sort of bad because my family and FI family will be calling me by my birth name and I will have to give employers a new name and it might get confusing.
So I’ve ultimately decided on changing my name to a similar version of my birth name (Mandalynn, its more fitting for me and I can still use my nickname Mandie) and keeping my middle name.
I know this may seem odd I guess but I really hate my name. I’ve asked my parents why they named me Amanda because its so common and I would never name my child a name that almost every other girl in the early 1980’s had. They say they just liked the name. So since there is no connection to it like a family name I don’t see why I can’t change it. BTW I don’t plan to let my parents know I changed it.
Anyone else do a complete name change after they married? Or even before they married?