(Closed) Are you keeping your last name for work?

posted 9 years ago in Names
  • poll: Are you keeping changing your last name but keeping maiden name for work purposes?
    Yes, I'm using my maiden name for business. : (15 votes)
    32 %
    No, I'm using my married name for business. : (24 votes)
    51 %
    Undecided at this point : (8 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m adding his name to mine, and while my employer requires the use of my legal name, most likely I will keep the maiden at work and be his last outside of work.  I kept my maiden for the same reasons you mentioned.  So I don’t know where that exactly fits on your poll, but that is what I did.

    Post # 4
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    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    If I was a Lawyer, Dr, journalist etc. or had a career where I made a name for myself I would keep mu maiden name, but it doesn’t really matter in my job. Plus – I kinda hate my last name & FI’s is pretty generic.

    Post # 5
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    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I was and still kind of am having a hard time coming to grips with letting go of my last name and I have gotten those same talks from my dad about it not mattering what my last name is, but I am really attached to it. My Fiance isnt understanding at all! He looks at it like a lack of commitment, which it is fully not but he is being pretty stubborn about even negotiating it, which kind of makes me go “UGH!!!!” bc he is having to make any sort of changes like that. So as it stands i am just taking his name

    Post # 6
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    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I wasn’t established to the point i needed to keep my name. Had i been published, a professor, or older, I probably would have!

    Post # 7
    Member
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I’m changing my last name, but as PP said I’m not in a profession where it makes much difference.  Plus, FI’s last name is pretty much the coolest ever, so I’m excited to change mine (which sounds like a word for butt).

    Post # 8
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    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Dancy – lol I think the exact opposite of you. I love my last name bc it is different and unique and dont want the FI’s because it is so generic

    Post # 9
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    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’m a lawyer so I have to use my legal name at work.  So, I’ve decided to keep my maiden name legally and use it professionally but go by his name socially. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    1135 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m not yet established in my career, so I don’t really mind taking my FI’s name. In fact, I’m excited about it! It’s an upgrade in the alphabet and just as simple as mine.

    Post # 11
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    7524 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think am going to hyphenate it and then use whichever part suits me in the situation.  Mrs. Smith sometimes, Mrs. Jones sometimes and Mrs. Smith-Jones other times.  Fiance is not thrilled, but he understands.

    Post # 12
    Member
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Same here – I’m a lawyer but I also think my name is kick-ass.  I’m just going to add his last name after mine, so I have some record of it somewhere (marriage license just has my name) and for family gatherings I’ll be Mrs. X, but for work and my own use, I’ll always be me….  Just can’t do the hyphen.

    Post # 13
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    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I really want to keep my name the way it is. I have lived with it for 27 years and really feel attached and proud of my last name. Also, I am already established in the workforce and feel that my last name is actually (hope this does not sound mean) a stronger last name to use in my kind of enviroment. But my Fiance feels otherwise so I am compromising and adding his last name to mine. Blah but due to the limited space on my business cards (hehe) I shall keep them the way they are.

    Post # 14
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    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Growing up, I always thought I’d be Mrs. FH’s last name. Now that I’m actually engaged, I’m torn! I think I might do a Jennifer Love Hewitt combo.

    Post # 15
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    1553 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m another lawyer (we do seem a bit overrepresented here) and I’m changing my name to my FI’s name. 

    Right now, my last name is my ex-husband’s name and even though it is going to be a giant pain, I can’t stand having his name anymore.  I did briefly consider keeping it; I’ve used his name my entire legal career and it’s a very memorable name….but I just can’t do it.  I didn’t even tell Fiance I was considering it, because I knew he’d be hurt.

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