(Closed) Last Names and Publications

posted 4 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m in the final stages of a Ph.D. What am I doing with my last name? Keeping it. I have no inclination to have his last name and feel very strongly about my identity. 

That said, for your preferences and situation you may want to continue to work/publish with your maiden name and do whatever you feel in your private life. I don’t believe journals require that you legally have the name you use to publish.

FI’s mother has a Ph.D. and she hyphenated both professionally and legally/personally. Their family is South American, so the addition of names, instead of erasing the woman’s maiden name, is the norm.

Best of luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think you can continue publishing and working under your maiden name even when you take his last name legally. It’s kinda like actresses and authors going with their known names even after getting married. When you change your name, you can always keep your maiden name as an addition to your middle name. It doesn’t really change anything except on legal forms where you have to spell out your entire name. You would still use just the original middle name initial as your middle initial. This way, you publish under FirstName MaidenName LastName but be/go by FirstName MarriedName everywhere else.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Agreed w/ PP, I would legally change to husband’s name and use maiden name professionally if it mattered for my career, or maybe hyphenate…

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@RunnerBride13:  ID paperwork like passports and licenses normally ask for one’s entire name. Keeping the maiden name as a middle name is common in my culture, so I never considered NOT doing it with my first marriage. I’ve always had four names because my mother’s maiden name used to be my second middle name, but my signatures have always been (and will always be) HisMoon M. LastName.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Are you in a field where it’ll be totally clear that (for example) RunnerBride Smith is the same as RunnerBride Johnson? This would be a concern for me – if you’re going to a conference, say, and you’re presenting under your new married name, will people definitely still realize you’re the same RunnerBride who published on X last year?

I didn’t change my name and probably won’t ever bother; I had a really important forthcoming publication under my maiden name so I didn’t want there to be any confusion. I *could* change it though because my specific area of research is very specific and there’s no else publishing on the topic with my (unusual) first name. If I changed, I would hyphenate MyLast-HisLast to make it clear, and I go socially by whatever people happen to call me.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Also in the final stages of my PhD and will have 2 first author papers under my maiden name.  I’ve decided to keep my mainden name.  It’s a part of who I am and where my family is from.  I’ve never wanted to change my name, and the publications are a nice excuse not to 😉

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

But as to your dilemma, everyone is constantly telling me to change my legal name, but keep my maiden name as a professional name.  I know several people who did this.  So it’s deifnitely an option!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@HisMoon:  +1

this was what i was going to say. you could be like the celebrities who get married, but keep their names for professional things. i know that carrie underwood legally changed hers when she got married, but still uses underwood as her professional name.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@RunnerBride13:  I think that’s a reasonable solution – there’s nothing that says you have to publish under your legal name, so I think legally changing to match his and any future children and professionally hyphenating would be the best solution. That way, you keep your publishing/presenting record totally clear to everyone in your field. Best of both worlds, really.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

The solution a few of my female professors came to was Dr FirstName MaidenName MarriedName, in order to keep some obvious connections but to help assert the new married identity.  And as you grow in recognition, you can stop being Dr MaidenName MarriedName, and go on to being just Dr MarriedName, since that seems to be what you really want to do.  I think that’s how I’m going to approach it myself.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t dislike my maiden name, but I’m not hugely attached to it. However, I’ve decided to legally hyphenate my last name (Holly OldName-HisLastName), socially go by my partner’s last name (Holly HisLastName), and academically stick to my maiden name (Holly OldName). While there aren’t a whole lot of Holly’s in my field, I’m sure there has to be one or two. My partner had no input (he didn’t want to give any bias). My maiden name is over twice as long as his last name, and mine is often misspelled and mispronounced. 

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