Post # 1
So my last name currently is Frank! I have always hated it!!! It sounds like a guys name & people always mix is up. I mean how can you look at a girl and call her Frank, haha. And I always had endless teasing growing up with it too (you name it kids are cruel…. Frankenstein, hey hot dog, Frank and beans) LOL. Ahhh kids.
So I can’t wait to change my name when I get married, because I think my FI has a kick ass last name. Especially since I am Irish, even though you wouldn’t know it with my current last name. And of course so is my FI. And his last name is Irish-Gallagher YAY! so to me I am getting an UPGRADE.
My sis and I were having this convo about new last names and what if you had a really cool/cute last name and FI well…didn’t and you didn’t like it so much. She thought hers when she got married was a Downgrade. Now I am not speaking to how much you love FI and not how excited you are to be married and have his last name and be a couple, etc. But just to the new last name. Would it have been one you would have picked for yourself?
Post # 3
Definite downgrade! I had a phonetically AWESOME name pre-marriage. My first name, Middle name and Last Name all had 7 letters, all ending in the same phonetic sound. And now my married name just sounds…. wrong with the rest of my name 🙁 It was hard for me to change it. All for the sake of phonetics :p
Post # 4
At first I thought a downgrade, but now I kind of think an upgrade. My old last name was super unique. I was the only one with my whole name in the US, and I kind of hated going to a more generic last name (not super popular but not unique either). But now I’m kind of digging the anonymity. Its pretty freeing to be non-google-able for the first time since google existed!
Post # 5
I don’t think I’m getting either an up or downgrade, we both have super Italian last names that are about the same length and sound kind of similar.
Post # 6
I had a guys name for a last name too! I miss the name I grew up with, but I like what my new one is. It sounds much more professional and my previous last name was always associated with relatives who were not as, lets say educated, as myself!
Post # 7
His last name is awesome. Mine is cutesy and short. I’ve never really liked it. I was thinking about keeping it as a second middle name, but I might just drop it altogether.
Post # 8
Uhh, I had a difficult first, middle and last veitnamese name. I then got married and legally changed my first name to a nick name that I have always gone by. I also have a german name now. It’s not a simple german name so I still have to pronounce it and spell it slowly but I think it’s better than what I had.
Post # 9
This thread makes me laugh. Ha. Very funny.
Post # 10
I went from being one of one person with my first name/last name combo, with an Irish-esque last name. I’m now one of 657 with the third most common last name in North America.
I thought it might be a downgrade, but you know what, people actually pronounce and remember my whole name now…. so the jury is out.
Post # 11
My husband has the first or second most popular last name in the United States. 😛 I ended up keeping my last name because it’s memorable. I’ve been called back for interviews because the name is associated with a common movie and most people smile because it’s goofy.
Post # 12
My last name is a popular male first name/toilet paper so I know EXACTLY what you mean. I can’t even tell you how many times substitute teachers would call me last name first name. Even though I hated dealing with that growing up, now that I’m older it doesn’t really apply so it’s not an issue.
I consider my name change a downgrade because FI’s last name is a pain in the ass to pronounce. His name SOUNDS like a popular male first name but its not. No-one ever gets the name right unless we spell it out. I’ve been using FI’s last name for stuff for years and I can’t tell you how annoying it is to have to spell out the name Every. Single. Time.
P as in “Paul”, E as in “Eric”…
Post # 13
down grade 🙁 I love my last name, it’s easy, it’s short and it’s me.
My new last name makes me sound like a bad country singer.
Because I hate my middle name and my maiden name could be a girls or a boys first name I think I will drop my middle name and make my maiden name my new middle name. Wow that’s easier to say than to type 🙂
Post # 14
Neither! I’m keeping mine and adding his without a hyphen! But, I like his last name, it’s simple compared to my German last name.
Post # 15
My last name is actually pronounced Longcoat (long weird Asian spelling) , and my married name will be Petrocelly. It will make me sound like a little Italian grandmother… I can’t wait! 🙂
Post # 16
I felt mine was pretty linear. I went from a common English last name to a common English last name. Both easy to say and spell. No complaints here!