Post # 1
We’ve been married for almost 10 months now (wow!) and I changed my name basically right after the honeymoon. I’m getting used to saying and writing my name (occasionaly I relapse when I’m in a hurry or distracted), but my new name still doesn’t feel like me yet! When I see it written or when I sign it, it’s like looking at a stranger’s name. Saying it still seems awkward too! (I haven’t put my voicemail on my phone yet for this reason! It’s still the auto voicemail with my phone number). Granted, I had my old name for 21 years, but when does it start warming up? It doesn’t help that my last name is a very enthnic Asian name so it confuses people when they see it…
Post # 3
Well, I got married a month and a half now… I am taking things gradually.
i.e. i have yet to receive my marriage certificate; therefore the name change is not official yet. My colleagues greeted me with a new nameplate for my office, which I will not put on my door until it’s official. So it’s right under my computer screen for me to stare at. I still sign with my old name, but for phone messages, I leave my new initials to practice, haha!
It’s slowly starting to feel like mine, I guess it will really when I can do the official change.
Post # 4
I think it took about a year for me. I had to get used to saying it on the phone and in emails and whatnot, but it took a good long while. Now, 2 1/2 years later, it’s second nature. My mom called me by my full maiden name yesterday, and I looked at her like she had 2 heads. You’ll definitely start to feel comfortable with it soon enough!
Post # 5
P.S. My best friend married an Indian guy with a very Indian sounding last name. It’s basically the “Smith” of Indian names…so she kept thinking her name sounded very odd too…but eventually you get used to it!
Post # 6
For me, it was hearing my daughters teacher call me Mrs. newlastname. I literally felt a shiver in my spine, and since then, it’s just felt perfect!
Post # 7
It took me maybe 5 months maybe? The more you use it, the more you see it, the more you get used to it. But, my new last name starts with the same initial as my old last name (an S) and they were both single syllable so the transition wasn’t huge to me.
Post # 8
I’m right at almost a year….and I am just now getting used to it. Although I will always love my maiden name….
Post # 9
It’s funny, I immediately felt like my new name was me 🙂 I’ve always hated my maiden name, and was so happy to take the new one. It honestly sounds so good with my first name (even my mom was excited about it, haha). It just took a while to get used to writiing my new last name because old habits die hard, right? Sometimes I still type my old e-mail address in when I’m logging in, too, but I think I’m finally starting to allow this one to become habit.
Post # 10
Still getting used to it. It’s hard to charge your signature after 36 years. It feels really weird at work, because I waited till January to do anything about it and then it took until Friday for it all to go throught due to some Snafu’s. I’ve had a tought time with the change, partially because my new name is difficult to pronouce and spell. My old name was a real word.
Post # 11
Funny story: I went to pick up photos at Target about a month after getting married. After having them search for about 15 minutes, I realized that oops, I had written my married name on the envelope but when they asked my name at the counter I had forgotten and given my maiden name.
It does a little getting used to but I think it is a fun thing. Just give it time…you’ve lived with your name for a long time.
Post # 12
It definately doesn’t sound like me yet (3 mos now) and like you, I sometimes write my old initials, etc lol.
Post # 13
It took me a year, maybe a little more.
Post # 14
I haven’t changed mine yet, but I don’t think I’ll have too much trouble at least responding to it come August. I teach kindergarten and I hear my name 100x a day!
Post # 15
Hopefully in time I’ll get used to it. I just have to remember that I’m not the only one on the planet with this name, first and last (far from it lol) Hopefully I get there soon! At least I’m in NYC where it’s easier to get used to since there is more diversity.
Post # 16
It didn’t really take me too long to get used to it. I’m still perfecting my signature though!