Post # 1
For those of you who changed your last name, how long did it take for you to get used to your new name? It’s been almost 2 months for me and I now can write/sign my new name without thinking too much about it. However, at times when I’m saying it out loud (i.e. leaving a VM at work, or introducing myself), I always say my maiden name. I’m happy I changed, but I can’t help thinking that it would have just been easier to keep my maiden name! Then I wouldn’t sound like an idiot when I mess up my own name!!
How long did it take for you to adjust to your new name?
Post # 3
Almost a year later and I still have trouble introducing myself correctly. I seldom have to introduce myself with my last name so when I know I am going to need to, I have to mentally remind myself first in order to get it right and not stumble.
Signing my name hasn’t been a problem since the first month.
Post # 4
I’m still adjusting! Not all my stuff has been changed over, so for some stuff I still go by my maiden name and have to sign that way and for other stuff it’s my new name and I have to sign that way, so I have to think really hard before I can sign anything or tell people my name, lol!
Post # 5
I’m getting there. It is much harder for me, mechanically, to sign my new name, so my signature looks a little crazy but I think I just need some more practice. I haven’t really had to introduce myself to anyone new since my wedding, so we’ll see how that goes.
Post # 6
I’m still struggling with how to sign my new last name. The last two letters just get me — they don’t "flow" from the pen, so to speak, and I end up just scrawling them out.
Post # 7
Its only been less than a month and it still feels weird. I want to sign my new name but I cant on a lot of things because i havent legally changed it. When I do sign it, I do it really slow because Im afraid I will forget. My boss answered the phone today and told someone my name and it sounded so weird!!!
Post # 8
@Amysue– I used to love the flow of signing my maiden name. I haven’t quite figured out how to do it with my new name.
I also find myself signing my new name with perfect penmanship, mostly because I have to take the time to make sure I’m writing the correct name!
Post # 9
Yes! My new name looks prettier, I think (more curls in the letters), but just takes more time and care. Ugh. My handwriting was already bad to begin with!
Also, I changed my name and email address and now people are ignoring my emails because they don’t recognize who they’re from!
Post # 10
I’ve legally changed my name at the SSA and I’m slowly changing it elsewhere. It is really strange and I know it’ll be awhile before I can say or write it without having to think twice! The change is fun though!
Post # 11
I just got my email address changed at work, but haven’t completed the "official" stuff yet… I think I use the new name about half the time when I answer the phone. I agree with JeskaJune20 – its kind of fun to make the switch!
Post # 12
It’s taking a while to get used to — granted, it’s only been two weeks. Right now I’m halfway through changing it everywhere and when I see the new name it’s still startling.
I will say, though, that after I got my new license last week I can’t stop looking at it! Before I got that, I spent a good bit of time trying to figure out how I will sign the new name.
Post # 13
I hardly ever introduce myself by both names and it feels super weird to do it! But on paper, I am pretty much used to it. I even enjoy it! It is still something that I am often reminded of, though. It’s never too far from my thoughts.
Post # 14
I’m about 8 months out and I’m just now finally getting the hang of the new name — dont’ worry it will start to feel more and more natural.
Post # 15
I have not gotten used to mine at all. I am still in the middle of changing things. So some things get new name some old. I have been trying to use First name maiden name last name for things as well. So when I forget I can just tack the new name on.
Last week I signed my stepdaughter out of camp and signed with my maiden name, she stopped me and loudly announced that I had signed the wrong name.
Post # 16
I got used to it quick because my third-graders started calling me by my new name from my first day back. On top of that, they’d correct each other if I was called by my maiden name.