(Closed) Are you changing your name? Why or why not?

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
  • poll: Did you, or will you take your husband's name?
    Yes : (298 votes)
    73 %
    No : (79 votes)
    19 %
    Hyphenated names : (19 votes)
    5 %
    Made new name : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Other (please comment) : (10 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    8 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Nope.  Too complicated professionally, and it’s always seemed very weird to me that women take men’s names.  I would consider both hyphenating, but I don’t think we’ll do that.  

    Post # 5
    Member
    979 posts
    Busy bee

    I still have my xDH’s name, he’s remarried…soooo, i want it gone…sooner the better

    Post # 7
    Member
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Yup, I’m changing my name legally but probably won’t change it professionally if it proves to be difficult or confusing.

    As far as the feminism argument goes, I also got my maiden name from a man, so…

    Post # 8
    Member
    488 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I am. I always pictured myself changing my last name. I think of it as very romantic. Also, my last name is one of the top 5 most common last names for caucasians, so I don’t feel like it’s that special. His is very common too, but I like being old-fashioned in some ways 🙂

    Post # 9
    Member
    2183 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I took my husband’s last name, and I moved my maiden name to be my second middle name. It made me happy to retain my family’s name while still fully embracing our family by taking his name.

    Post # 10
    Member
    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    I’m planning on keeping my name and using my FI’s last name socially. I have a very unique last name and giving that up would feel like I was giving up part of me. It doesn’t help that my Fiance has a super generic last name.

    I’m not going to correct people for calling us “Mr & Mrs Hisname” and if we eventually have kids, they will have his last name too.

    Post # 11
    Member
    846 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    i am taking my FI’s last name because i want to share the same name as him. i come from a small town and it would just be weird if i kept my name and everyone would wonder why. i didn’t know people even did that (unless they were doctors or celebrities) until i joined the bee.

    i will definitely miss my last name though- it’s very unique and my new last name is one of the top 5 most common last names in the country (think smith or johnson). my Fiance would be disappointed if he knew that though..

    Post # 12
    Member
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @jmaze:  Same here.

    I CAN’T WAIT to have my FI’s last name and get rid of this one!

    Post # 13
    Member
    13248 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I am changing mine.  FI had very strong feelings about this, and since I don’t have a middle name, we compromised with my maiden name becoming my middle name. 

    To be honest, I am a little sad changing my name.

    Post # 14
    Member
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Taking his. I like his last name, love his family, etc. I don’t have much of an attachment to my last name. Every time someone butchers his last name (which they usually do), he asks me if I’m sure I want to take it. My name is shorter, but is ALWAYS misspelled and mispronounced, so it’s not like it matters.

    Post # 15
    Member
    6110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I am definitely changing my name. I’m fairly traditional and I’ve honestly never thought about not changing it. I’m even dropping my maiden name completely. I don’t feel that my last name is part of my identity so I feel no attachment towards it.

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