Post # 1
I remember as a little girl when we would have a crush on a guy we would write in our notebooks what our name would be if we got married. Mrs. Sarah Hislast. We’d practice writing it so it looked just as practiced as our current signatures.
As I got older and establshed in my career I figured I probably wouldn’t change my name if I got married.
Now, for various complicated reasons, I’m considering changing it. But instead of writing it out in a flowery notebook I sent myself emails from my work account and changed the name on my email signature to see what it would look like. I played around with hypens and/or middle initials. I thougth about what it would look like with the honorifics I sometimes use in professional correspondence. I thought about whether it would confuse people seeing my professional license in one name and my business card in a similar but different one. I thougth about what would happen in court if I signed a legal document in one name and then appeared for the same case after my wedding and used a different name.
it’s a good thing, but things certainly have changed
Post # 3
It’s funny because I’m in a similar boat. With my first marriage, I didn’t change it. But now that I’m dating someone seriously, I am almost sure I want to change it.
I love the idea of sending e-mails to your account to see the difference. I might have to try that. It sucks because I’m a teacher and very well-known in my school by my last name (which is quite unique)… but I want to change it to show solidarity and the beginning of our new family…
Thanks for the great idea!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I do the exact same thing. I’ll change the signature in my work email account and send it to my personal email. I’ll change it on facebook (without actually saving it). I do practice my signature but not as much as I used to.
Post # 5
I work for a very large organization and see a few emails per month from women who have changed their name following marriage, and thus their email address, announcing the change. What a pain in the butt that must be! Think of all the accounts most of us have, and how those are tired to an email account, and having to reregister or switch the accounts over.