(Closed) Transition to Name Change – Easy or hard?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

On our honeymoon he had me sign each restaurant bill (3x a day) with my new name to start getting used to it. We would laugh half the time because I would many times forget and sign part of my maiden name, then cross it out and add the new last name. (I didn’t keep the maiden name like you are doing) By the end of the week, I was much more used to it, but it still didn’t come naturally. It’s been almost 3 months and I’m now totally used to it. πŸ™‚ Took a few months though.

Post # 4
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oddly enough, I got used to my new name immediately. I thought I’d have trouble with it, like maybe I would sign my old last name by accident or tell people my old last name when they asked. But I never thought twice about it, and I never thought it was weird to hear people calling me Mrs. Newlastname. In fact, I love it! Maybe that’s why it was so easy getting used to it πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m getting used to my new name, I think because people are using it more.  As soon as we got our marriage license back in the mail, I got the new SSC and DL.  Now all my credit cards are being converted and I got the new DL in the mail it feels more real.  And because I kept my maiden name as my middle name it’s nice because it’s still sort of there!

Post # 7
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2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Being called my new name?  Not a big deal.  And signing things has been easy since I’m pretty much just adding NewLast to my old signature although I’ve definitely forgotten it a few times.  Introducing myself with it?  Um, I think I’ve managed to do it gracefully maybe twice.  In 10 months.  Whoops.  πŸ™‚  (My name is now First Maiden Last so it was easy enough to do the “Hi.  I’m Caitlan C_____……NewLast.”  But still, not graceful.) 

I’ll be moving soon and there everyone will only know me as Mrs. NewLastName.  SO weird but maybe it will help.  Hopefully it’s not too traumatizing…

Post # 8
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve got all the big name changes done: DL, SSC, CC, work, and bank accounts.  Left to go: passport and lots of little programs. A fax is required for most of theses.  

I’ve had an interesting time getting used to my new last name because I’ve had to use MaidenName NewName with alot of my contacts over the phone.  I’ve gotten pretty used to signing my new name and have only tried to sign my maiden name a couple of times…  πŸ™‚  I’ve found it kind of fun.  

Post # 9
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6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

it took me about 3 months to get used to it. i would sign the wrong name, tell people my wrong name, etc. but now it’s getting more normal.

Post # 11
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494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I only sign with my first and new last name.  I am currently in a career where keeping my maiden name is beneficial and important to the work I’ve done so I only use my full name (first maiden last) in those situations.  But casually I just use First and New Last.

Post # 12
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It definetely takes a while to get used to – everyone at work still knows me by my maiden name and I still have most of my accounts in my maiden name until the paperwork is official.  It takes a while to get all the documents and accounts changed (not to mention we got a new joint checking and moved!!)  Its a lot of work but worth it!

Post # 14
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Easy. Old name started with an S, new name started with an S. But really, everybody calls me by my first name, so it’s not so bad. Sometimes on work documents I see my last name next to tasks, but it’s not weird. Signing my name took a couple months, but i felt like the more i saw it, the more it felt like my name to me.

Post # 16
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve had fun giving my last name and changing it.  The looks on people’s faces are priceless.  πŸ™‚  Especially since I’m in a community where most women who get married don’t change their names.  

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