Name change question — First MaidenName Husband'sLast

posted 2 years ago in Names
  • poll: IF you changed your name to the form "First Maiden Last," how does your new name get used at work?
    I wanted to be addressed at work as "MaidenName Husband'sLast" (always using both names) and I am. : (3 votes)
    25 %
    I wanted to be addressed at work as "MaidenName" and I am -- both in person and in work directories. : (1 votes)
    8 %
    I wanted to be addressed at work "MaidenName" and I am in person, but not in work directories : (0 votes)
    I wanted to be addressed at work "MaidenName" and I am not. : (0 votes)
    I wanted to be addressed at work as "MaidenName HusbandsLast" (always using both names and I am not. : (0 votes)
    I wanted to be addressed at work as "Husband'sLast" and I am. : (3 votes)
    25 %
    I wanted to be addressed at work as "Husband'sLast" and I am not. : (0 votes)
    I did not switch my name this way. : (2 votes)
    17 %
    I am not married yet. : (3 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I did this – I wanted to be HusbandsName socially and legally and MaidenName professionally. Obviously HR uses my legal name for tax purposes etc, but I continue to sign documents within work with my maiden name and they honored my request to retain my email address and stay maiden in staff directories. Honestly, I just called HR and explained what I wanted, and they did it. No fuss.

    If I move to another institution, I might change to my new last name, but I’ve built a name for myself inside my workplace and I feel like the change would be a hassle. 

    Honestly I don’t have to sign anything at work that is going to leave our institution, so I don’t know how the legality works out. I sign items out to preservation or the registrar as first maiden, nobody seems to care. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    6502 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

    Phoenicia:  I am First Name, Middle Name, Maiden Name -Husband Last Name. Legally, I have both mine and his. We hypen it most of time. Since they are both shorter last names, I usually make people say the whole thing lol! It’s only 12 letters! I think you can pick if you want to be alled such and such. I am sure people around me would be happier to have to deal with one less name, but that’s not what I want. I am proud to carry on my own last name along with my DH’s. Me colleagues know that’s my DH’s last name though.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2169 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Phoenicia:  This is not exactly the same thing, so I didn’t vote, but my mom hyphenated her last name (First Maiden-Married) and is addressed as Dr. Maiden at work, but is listed as Dr. Maiden-Married in the directories and signs her name as Dr. First Maiden-Married.

    I think that you can ask your students to call you whatever you want, but I wouldn’t be surprised if institutions had policies in place about how one would be listed and what one would have to sign on forms.

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