Post # 1
I’m not sure if this has specifically been addressed before, but I just wanted to get some advice from other Bees about this.
My fiance and I got engaged in early March and are planning on getting married in June.
I just recently finished my Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering (YAY!). I’ve had several publications, conference talks/poster presentations, etc where my name now is used and obtaining a PhD in this field is not easy. I’m very attached to my name in this sense and realize I’ve built my career and my contribution to the scientific community using it.
I would like to be able to keep my maiden name professionally (at work, for publications, during conferences) and for other things go by my Fiance last name. Is there a way to “officially” do this? Or do I just have to physically separate them myself? In any case, I would really have to legally change my last name, regardless…right?
Post # 3
@grashi: If you’re keeping your maiden name professionally, I think it would be easier NOT to legally change it. That way all your official forms related to work (tax forms, etc.) will be consistent, but you can go by your married name socially.
p.s. CONGRATS on your PhD!!!!!
Post # 4
@grashi: I’ve been told where I’m at you just pay extra to do that. Not sure if it’s the same for you.
Post # 5
I’m an engineer too! yay
Anyway I chose to move my maiden name to a second middle name, and take my husband’s last name as mine. At work, I go by First Maiden NewLast. But I’m applying for my PE exam and I’m doing it under my new last name.
I think it’s a little different because I don’t publish and I don’t have any graduate degrees either. I think in your case, it would much easier to NOT change your last name. Socially (I’m thinking things like invitations, restaurant reservations, introductions, etc) I would just feel free to use your husband’s last name as your own, or allow people to assume it without correcting them. Do you think that setup would work for you?
Post # 6
I would recommend not changing your name at this point – I was having this conversation with a friend of mine who changed her name to Anna Maidienname HisLastName (Maidenname is her middle name now) and I was complaining about how long my new hyphenated last name will be, and she told me that within the next year or two, author IDs will start to be widely used and will catch on so that people can choose freely whether or not to change their name and not have to worry about being recognized for past work.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ORCID Here it is in case you’re interested!