(Closed) Getting used to your new name

posted 9 years ago in Names
Post # 3
Member
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Almost a year later and I still have trouble introducing myself correctly.  I seldom have to introduce myself with my last name so when I know I am going to need to, I have to mentally remind myself first in order to get it right and not stumble.

Signing my name hasn’t been a problem since the first month.

Post # 4
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5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m still adjusting!  Not all my stuff has been changed over, so for some stuff I still go by my maiden name and have to sign that way and for other stuff it’s my new name and I have to sign that way, so I have to think really hard before I can sign anything or tell people my name, lol!

Post # 5
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796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’m getting there. It is much harder for me, mechanically, to sign my new name, so my signature looks a little crazy but I think I just need some more practice. I haven’t really had to introduce myself to anyone new since my wedding, so we’ll see how that goes.

Post # 6
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1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m still struggling with how to sign my new last name. The last two letters just get me — they don’t "flow" from the pen, so to speak, and I end up just scrawling them out.

Post # 7
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2682 posts
Sugar bee

Its only been less than a month and it still feels weird.  I want to sign my new name but I cant on a lot of things because i havent legally changed it.  When I do sign it, I do it really slow because Im afraid I will forget.  My boss answered the phone today and told someone my name and it sounded so weird!!!

Post # 9
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1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes! My new name looks prettier, I think (more curls in the letters), but just takes more time and care. Ugh. My handwriting was already bad to begin with!

Also, I changed my name and email address and now people are ignoring my emails because they don’t recognize who they’re from!

Post # 10
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397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve legally changed my name at the SSA and I’m slowly changing it elsewhere.  It is really strange and I know it’ll be awhile before I can say or write it without having to think twice! The change is fun though!

Post # 11
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57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I just got my email address changed at work, but haven’t completed the "official" stuff yet…  I think I use the new name about half the time when I answer the phone.  I agree with JeskaJune20 – its kind of fun to make the switch!

Post # 12
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1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It’s taking a while to get used to — granted, it’s only been two weeks. Right now I’m halfway through changing it everywhere and when I see the new name it’s still startling.

I will say, though, that after I got my new license last week I can’t stop looking at it! Before I got that, I spent a good bit of time trying to figure out how I will sign the new name. 

Post # 13
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I hardly ever introduce myself by both names and it feels super weird to do it! But on paper, I am pretty much used to it. I even enjoy it! It is still something that I am often reminded of, though. It’s never too far from my thoughts.

Post # 14
Member
631 posts
Busy bee

I’m about 8 months out and I’m just now finally getting the hang of the new name — dont’ worry it will start to feel more and more natural. 

Post # 15
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24 posts
Newbee

I have not gotten used to mine at all.  I am still in the middle of changing things.  So some things get new name some old.  I have been trying to use First name maiden name last name for things as well.  So when I forget I can just tack the new name on.

Last week I signed my stepdaughter out of camp and signed with my maiden name, she stopped me and loudly announced that I had signed the wrong name.

Post # 16
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213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I got used to it quick because my third-graders started calling me by my new name from my first day back. On top of that, they’d correct each other if I was called by my maiden name.

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