Post # 1
Hi fellow Bees,
I’m in a debating (with myself) over what to do with my last name after fiancee and I marry next month. I thought about hypenating my last name with his. Part is professional reasons, part is I don’t want to have to give my name up! It’s one of those, not everything has to change because we are married mentalities. My last name is very simple, 4 letters and he has a very French, hard to pronounce last name that no one can seem to every pronounce correctly. So then I got to thinking after reading about hypenating last names to changing my name legally to his last name but professionally hypenating my last name. Can that even be done?
Post # 3
I’m a big fan of hyphenating when both do it — you change, he changes.
I kept my name — didn’t have to do a thing. No regrets.
Post # 4
You can call yourself whatever you want. The name that you use professionally or socially doesn’t need to have any connection with your legal name. Having an un-hyphenated legal name is probably a good idea from a logistical standpoint, because having a hyphen makes filling out forms and finding your records more difficult.
Post # 5
I think you could go either way unless you’re planning on having kids together. You should think about it now – if you have kids, what will their last name be? Is it important to you that your (or his) last name is the same?
Post # 6
I think I am going to legally take his last name, but hyphenate professionally. I have publications under my maiden name so I don’t want to totally lose that for work purposes, but I don’t like my maiden name and I want to have the same last name as my husband and children. Win win!