(Closed) Best/Worst thing about your new last name.

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 92
4697 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Good: It sounds nice when pronounced correctly and I’ll have the same initials as my Fiance.

Bad: Its never pronounced correctly.

Post # 93
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love my married last name – best things are that it’s a great, strong, classic last name that’s easy to say and spell and has cool graphics associated with it. 

Worst is that it’s way more common than my maiden name. 

Post # 94
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ImaStarr:  Worst – It’s one of the most common American last names ever. Hell, there is even an expression that is used with our last name to pretty much = average middle class American.

Best – You really can’t mess it up. At least not in the States.

Post # 95
1311 posts
Bumble bee

(RE: my future last name :P)

*it’s nice and short (he’s Serbian and some Serbian names are super long)
*I’d be getting rid of my father’s last name (bad relationship with him)
*my maiden name is sometimes spelled wrong because it sounds like a certain word but is one letter shorter
*it’s reasonably easy to pronounce
*it’ll enhance my feeling of making my own family, and it will be my kids’ last name
*I look forward to being a Mrs!

*my mom kept her married name for me even after she divorced so I’ll feel kind of disloyal
*people may have trouble reading it because certain letters are pronounced differently
*I’m Asian so it will be a glaring mismatch racially (and I wonder if I’ll feel weird introducing myself to strangers in person with my future name)
*SO has said that sometimes he gets discriminated against based on last name because it’s very ethnic, and I’ve never had that problem
*my first name is French, so it may not flow super well with my new last name

Post # 96
3025 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

worst: It’s ironic. 🙁

Post # 97
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MarieeToBee:  I am in the exact same boat as you!

Best thing: Nobody else in the world will have the same name as me, mostly because he has a cultural last name, and my first name isn’t from that region in the least. There’s a website where you can look up how common your name is, and I did it once when we were dating just for fun. Right now, I can NEVER get an email address that is firstname lastname because there’s apparently like an infinite number of people with my name. I’m also excited to share a name with him and have everyone see us as a clear unit BUT…

Worst thing: I love my current last name. It flows with my first name, it’s easy to remember, and it’s my link to my family, whom I’m very close to. My dad’s also kind of unintentionally putting pressure on me to keep the name because I’m a daddy’s girl and it will make him sad for me to change my name. I’m the last person in this family line too, so I feel guilty that it will die with me, by my own choice. AND my FI’s last name is long and NOBODY pronounces it right, even though it sounds exactly the way it’s spelled. I also have no idea how I’m going to sign it. Sigh.

Post # 98
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My monogram doesn’t change (he and I actually have the same initials – weird!)
It’s an easily pronounced last name
It has 3 syllables so it sounds better with my first name than my 2 syllable maiden name IMO
I also like the clean slate idea that many PPs have mentioned 

It starts with Mac so people will accidentally spell it Mc I’m sure
It’s a little longer than my maiden
It’s very common so finding a gmail name, etc, is difficult
It’s in a popular song so people might tease our kids if we have them 


Post # 99
1409 posts
Bumble bee

Best thing – it’s my husband’s name and it’s a beautiful name and I’m so proud to have it.

Worst thing – pretty much everyone misspells and mispronounces it on a daily basis!  LOL.

Post # 100
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Best thing: It’s a lot easier to sign than my maiden name.

Worst: It’s the last name of my maternal grandmother’s entire family, so it can seem a little….odd to explain.

Post # 101
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

Best: It goes great with my first and middle name, and it also sounds almost exactly like a former presidents name! Maybe that will get annoying later but for now its kind of funny to hear people go “wait, like the President?!”

Worst: I know another PP mentioned, its a little sad not to carry on the family name, but my maiden name is pretty common too so I mean, its whatever lol.

Post # 102
617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jaykwellan:  I am so glad I am not alone – I never once have considered not taking it as I am proud to share my FI’s last name.  However, to say I am not upset about losing my last name would be a bold lie. (FI unfortunately knows that too! lol)

Also, I 100% agree it feels like a connection to my family, my dad. Why do the girls have to give up everything? lol

Post # 103
2087 posts
Buzzing bee

Everyone thinks I’m Latina with my last name now, so on the phone and stuff people tend to speak Spanish to me. Since I don’t speak Spanish it gets confusing lol. It’ll be nice to not deal with that.

Downside is that my FI’s last name never gets pronounced correctly, so he is constantly having to correct people and spell out his last name. It’s crazy

Post # 104
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Best – it’s about half the length of my current last name, very easy to spell and pronounce. Also, the combination of my first and last names make me sound vaguely German, even though neither of us are.

Worst – it’s very common – another student in my grad program has it, I’m afraid we’ll be mistaken for husband and wife – and it doesn’t match my ethnicity.

Post # 105
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ImaStarr:  Best thing: It’s his and it’s very important to him that I take it.


Worst thing: From now on everyone is going to mess up my name.  It’s french and people pronounce it incorrectly.  They say gout, which is a foot condition.  Also, my new intials will be LEG.

Post # 106
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Best: getting rid of my current last name!! right now it is 10 letters long and German, so many people cannot say it much less spell it.

Worst: nothing

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