Did you change your last name?

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 3
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@woobie8709:  Not married yet (will be next summer) but I am not going to change my last name. Where my family is from, women pretty much never legally change their last names when married. It’s just not a tradition like it is here in the US, so I don’t feel like it’s important to legally change my name, but it wouldn’t bother me either way if people refer to me by my maiden name or his last name.

Post # 4
10877 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve commented a lot on the boards in favor of the first maiden newlast format of changing one’s name. I did this, and I use all three of my names professionally and on my driver’s license, passport, credit cards, bank and retirement accounts, etc. and almost everything else where my name appears in writing.

If your name were Jane Emily Weddingbee, and you married John Doe, and your new name became Jane Weddingbee Doe, (your credentials here), it will be easier for your colleagues/customers/patients(?) to understand that your professional license and the diploma on the wall that says “Jane Emily Weddingbee” is referring to you.

Post # 5
1981 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@woobie8709:  I’m leaning toward not changing my name- I just received my license but I’m not getting married until next year.  FI suggested we BOTH hyphenate to mylastname-hislastname, so we might do that but I have also heard that it is really really hard to change your name on your professional license, so I may just keep my name professionally and change it on everything else.  Though, if I go all the way and change it professionally, I would be the only person in my profession with that name (because right now I have a somewhat common first and last name) and professionaly, it might be a way to set myself apart and an advantage.  It’s a big decision and personal choice and I go back and forth, so I wish you the best of luck!

Post # 6
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have the same problem. Wondering what to do, especially since we’re thinking of having kids in the near future. I think I’m going to keep my last name but maybe hyphenate and then let our kids use both. It’s a tough thing since you don’t want the names adding up over the generations. This helped me a little: http://weddings.gatheringguide.com/ac/all-about-you/married-names-change-hyphenate-combine-invent-or-keep

Post # 7
496 posts
Helper bee

@Brielle:  Not married yet but this is what I plan to do since where my family is from the custom is to use two last names without a hyphen anyway.

Post # 8
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m changing mine as soon as i get married.  I am a CPA so i will have to change my last name with the Board of Accountancy as well.  I have been told its easy – all you need is a certified copy of your marriage license.

Post # 9
855 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@woobie8709:  I changed my name on everything within a week. It wasn’t hard at all. The biggest task was revising my trust and my attorney handled that. Before I even met my husband, I had 2 degrees and a professional license. Believe it or not, people expect women to marry and they adapt to name changes quite easily. Smile

Post # 10
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Leaving my name as is!

Post # 11
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I can’t wait to change my last name!  Other than it being connected to my very crazy family, it’s is constantly misspelled.  I am so sick of saying my name and having poeple go “Are you sure?”, “Wow, how’d you spell that?”, and other comments.   

Post # 12
496 posts
Helper bee

@woobie8709:  oh, and I am barred in more than one state but changing my name would not be a big deal. Attorneys change their name due to marriage all the time. It’s not a big deal

Post # 13
983 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I couldn’t wait to get rid of my maiden name. I still had signs and advertising items that had my maiden name on it after I changed to my husband’s last name, but I just waited until I was up for renewal with all those licenses to change them over so for a while I just would hyphenate if ppl asked as not to confuse them.

Post # 14
52 posts
Worker bee

I am a licensed professional and kept my name. I briefly considered changing it and decided against it, and I am very happy with my decision. Socially, I call myself, and allow others to call me, Mrs. Newlastname whenever I see fit. It works beautifully and I’ve saved a whole bunch of mo ey by not paying for a new license, new cards, etc.

Post # 15
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@woobie8709:  here we don’t do that, but if I lived in thhe US i would!

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