Post # 1
I’m not getting married until August, but saw a post about someone snapping up her married name Gmail account, and I thought that would be a great idea! However, I went on to check what was available…and it’s not great. My maiden name is uncommon, so I’ve never had a problem getting [email protected] or whatever. My married name is VERY common, and there are apparently a ton of the new me out there! 🙂 I’ve tried firstlast, first.last, first.middleinitial.last… all to no avail.
I want to have something relatively professional-sounding, as I do some freelance work and don’t want like "babygirl123" or whatever being my identifier to contacts, but I do really want an email with my new, married name.
I did find that first.middle.last is available but my middle name is long and the whole thing together is kind of unwieldy.
What would you do/have you done? I could do the first.middle.last (it’s long), or first.last123 (or whatever number)–but I don’t love the number thing.
Which do you think is less annoying for people to type in and more professional? Thanks!
Post # 3
Maybe first[email protected]? Did you try that one?
Post # 4
my suggestions if your name is First Middle Last:
Mine is simply [email protected], so I won’t be changing it when I get married.
Post # 5
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Or have you played with things like underscores or dashes? Those look more professional than numbers, but still could help differentiate your address from existing ones. If you’re using it for your work, you probably don’t want one that is super long, it will be harder for clients to remember.
Personally, I’m only going to hyphen my last name, and plan to keep my e-mail addresses (personal and work) the same, but change my signature line to show my new name.
Post # 6
I would go with [email protected] or [email protected] that missrain had proposed.
Mine current email address is [email protected] but I haven’t figured out what I want after I get married and change my name.
Post # 7
what about Last.firstinitialmiddleinitial?
so if your name was Jane Marie Doe your address would be [email protected]…
I agree about the random numbers. It’s definitely not professional.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the suggestions! Sadly, none of those initial suggestions (FMLast, FM.last, f.last…) are available. Married name is VERY common…I’m surprised I can even find first.middle.last.
And Gmail, while I love it, doesn’t allow dashes or underscores. Only dots. Hmm.
Post # 9
i have the same problem! uncommon last name now, but very common future last name. after playing around with options, i chose [email protected]. my first preference was for [email protected], but that was unavailable. i think too many periods (first.middleinitial.last) gets too confusing.
Post # 10
Have you considering just changing your email signature, and how your name appears, but keeping your current email address? If you’re having a lot of trouble finding something that works, that may be an option.
Post # 11
@Gilneas — That’s a good idea, and I might think about that if nothing else. Since I’m still young and relatively unestablished professionally though, I kind of want to completely switch over to my married name, since I’ll have many more professional years as my married name than I have as my maiden…
@Habibi – I hadn’t thought of that! But unfortunately, taken also. Just checked. Sigh.
Post # 12
In Gmail, you don’t have to worry about the periods. You own all of the possible combinations with the periods. Go ahead, try it out. For example, I signed up with [email protected] But an email addressed to [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected] all will come to me. My preference is to have no periods, they are just unnecessary.
Post # 13
What about some combination of the names and a one-word descriptor of whatever type of freelancing it is you do? [email protected] or [email protected]. Do you have a "company" name for yourself? Because you could use that as well. Unless this is going to be a personal email address too..
Post # 14
my married email (yes, i already have it, but don’t use it yet!)
get it? my first name and last name, no vowels! like Jane Smith would be: [email protected]
fiance has his like that too. Worth a try!
Post # 15
I know what you mean! My new last name will be very common. My name is Andrea but I went with Ann for my email since I couldn’t find any combination with my inital or real first name for an email with the common last name. Do you have any nicknames that aren’t necessarily unprofessional?
Post # 16
I though going with [email protected] was a great idea… I’ve had it for over 2 years and HATE it! I can’t wait to get my married email going. It’s so hard to say a long email with lots of periods over the phone or when people are writting it down. The simpler the better! Good luck!