Post # 1
My last name will be changing offically at work tomorrow. At the bottom of all the emails I write, I have a “signature” with my name, position, phone number, etc…
In the past, I’ve seen people write their name and then “nee” and their maiden name so people realize who you are…
Does anyone know the correct way to do this?
Is it “Jane Smith neÑ Doe”
Post # 3
I’ve seen it done with parentheses. And it’s spelled née – with the accent on the first “e”. So…
Jane Smith (née Doe)
I’m sure about the spelling of “née” but not sure about the parentheses!
Post # 4
Thank you! Hopefully we get more Bee’s responses!
Post # 5
I think this is a good idea if you have a common first name, or if you use email at work a lot with the outside world (not inter-office emails, cuz I’m pretty sure they all know you got married!).
Post # 6
When I did this at work, I just kept my maiden name in the signature line, although that probably caused some confusion. 🙂 I just had it listed as First Name, Maiden Name, Married Name.
Post # 7
Since it’s so easy to edit a signature, I’d write out all three names for a bit (even if officially you’ve kept your middle name as your middle name and not your maiden name as your middle name). Does that make sense?
So if you were Jane Sunshine Doe before and you married John Smith, I’d do your work signature as Jane Doe Smith for a few months till people are used to the name change. It looks less weird than parentheses and people will get used to it faster.
Post # 8
I work in a company of 1000 people so only my department and few others know that I got married 🙁 I wish it was that easy!! It would make life so much easier lol!
Post # 9
I’ve never seen “nee” used professionally. I have a new email address at work because our last names are part of our email addresses, so starting immediately on my wedding day, our IT manager had all my emails routed to the new address. I edited my signature to say *NOTE* I have a new email address: [email protected].
I have a fairly uncommon first name, so we all figured that would be enough to help people make the connection that I am the same person they used to see under my old last name. We have a lot of clients at various levels in the government so I didn’t want to make a bigger fuss about it than that. They can figure it out. So far everyone has come along quite smoothly and they’re all sending messages to my new address.
Post # 11
the “nee” thing isnt common in the US, so i cant comment on that part – most of the women i work with just do the new name signature where they have both their maiden and new last name in there so folks make the connection.
my job makes it easy though – the email stays the same – the NAME attached to it changes. confusing for new people, very easy for the old contacts!
Post # 12
I got a new email address as well, and I kept my maiden name in the signature line for a few months and then transitioned to using my married last name only. Everyone got along just fine. I think this transition name approach works pretty well.
Post # 13
I’m doing what chelseamorning did – I actually started the whole First Maiden Married name in my signature line before IT got around to changing my email. Fortunately, my company also reroutes email to my old name to my new one, so people are figuring out pretty easily.
Post # 14
I work for a nationwide company and I’ve just seen parenthesis used, no “nee”.
i.e. Jane (Doe) Smith