Yes, Darling Husband and I both changed our last name to something new. It was the best decision ever!
how did you come up with it?
Ours came from a book.
What are the legalities for doing so?
Super simple. We applied online, had a friend witness the form, and that was it! Getting bills, passports, etc. changed took more time, but you do all that when you take your husband’s name anyway!
Legalities depend on what state you live in, though. Most of the time you just visit your local court house, fill out a little form, and wait 2 weeks.
And what’s been the general response?
Varied, but on the whole nobody even noticed/commented (except the compliments I now get from strangers, because my first name sounds really good with the new last name & people often remark on it).
My parents thought it was awesome. His parents were not happy at first. But they got used to it and, now that their fears have been proven false, it’s pretty much a non-issue. Mostly they were worried about professional implications, they said “nobody will hire you, they’ll think you’re hiding something!” Which of course was crazy, and Darling Husband has been hugely successful professionally since the name change. They were also *really* worried what their friends would think, and his mom in particular kept saying how she had never heard of any couple doing this. She wanted Darling Husband to take my given last name, because at least she had heard of men doing that lol.
Anyway Darling Husband and I LOVE our new name. We love being a little family unit with our own name for our new family, it was much more meaningful to us than carrying on an old family name that neither of us particularly liked. I can’t recommend this strongly enough, feel free to ask any questions you might still have!
And be sure to let us know what you decide!!