(Closed) Have you ever thought about changing your name entirely?

posted 4 years ago in Names
Post # 3
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@tmsing:  I’ve totally thought about changing my name entirely.  Sometimes I think about just changing my middle name.  Other times about changing my entire name.  Something similar to my name now but just more “Me”.  I really want my middle name to be a family name we have.  My daughter has this name for her middle name and I’ve often wished my mom would have given this name to me, especially since it was my mothers idea to use it for my daughter.

Post # 5
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did when I was in high school.  My nickname that I go by is a popular sassy name choice for grandmas, cars, and pets so in high school, my friend told me I should change my name to Jane because I was so plain – plain jane.  

I totally believed her and used Jane for everything but then as I grew up, I realized that she was totally off her rocker and I’m not a “plain jane” type of person 🙂


Post # 6
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

I am someone who changed their entire name (first, middle, last) and I have a friend who did the same. The hardest thing was my relatives and distant family friends that I last saw when I was like 5. They had such a hard time adjusting and would always slip up and call me by my old name. It makes it easier when you use the name for several years consistantly to “try it out” before the legal change, that way all new people (friends, colleagues) will learn your new name and require no adjustment from them.

Post # 7
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve thought about changing my middle name for years, but recently grew to love my own. My FH and I are both changing our last names to the original form of his last name. FH didn’t like the Americanized spelling, and I really, really loved the original name. He doesn’t have a substantial relationship with his father, so there were no emotional reasons to keep his last name.

I’m happy! It will be fun to adjust to a new (but old) last name with my husband. And it was nice to have a choice. I still may add a middle name around the time of the wedding, but the name I’m considering would only work with FH’s last name. I have been worried about people’s judgement, but I’d personally like a hand in my own naming. 

Post # 8
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@tmsing:  I at first thought of changing my name but keeping it starting with an A or M.  I have a couple names I really like, one is Maison (Mason).  I also like Adair which is Scottish and I’m really close to my Scottish heritage, although its a mix of Scot and Irish.

I like the name Aibreann and Aislinn (which are both Irish).  I think ultimately this is what I might do though:

My name is Amanda and I go by Mandie.  I have a friend who calls me Mandalynn just for fun.  I kind of like that nickname, it makes my name just a little more unusual and unique without being completely out there.  My family name that I like and wished my mom had given me is Alleyne (pronounced Al-leen).  I was thinking of changing my name to Mandalleyne and keeping my original middle name.  It will make my name kind of long but I’m ok with that.  My family can still call me Mandie or Amanda if they want to but I’ll probably use my new name at work and in social settings.

Post # 9
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@tmsing:  All the time.



Post # 10
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I used to want to change my name just because of my initials.  


Now I can’t figure out a name I like more that suits me as well as the first and middle names I have now.  FH’s last name starts with the same letter as mine so that’s right out.  

Post # 11
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m going to be taking DH’s last name, because he shares it with our daughter.

I had to comment on this thread, though, because last month on our ‘monthiversary’, I joked on Facebook that I still hadn’t changed my name after 9 months of being married…

Post # 12
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am! My birth first name is now my middle name and my new first name is a nickname I’ve used since college. With my new last name, I’m a totally different person lol. But nothing extreme like your example!

Post # 13
7119 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

My first and middle names are both family names so I’ve never considered changing those names. We briefly discussed making up a completely new last name but decided that we still wanted to be connected to our families.

Post # 14
1673 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yes, but not since I was a kid. This isn’t quite what you had in mind maybe but… Story time!

My mom gave me a rather nice (though long) English name, Elizabeth Anne Rosemary lastname. BUT THEN she butchered it in short form and decided I should be called Liz-Anne.


I ALWAYS hated that. Always. What 6 year old is forced to spell their name with a freaking hyphen!? I dreamed of changing it to Christine or Crystal. But then when I was 12 we moved, and I corrected all the teachers that they should call me “Liz” instead of “Liz-Anne”. I introduced myself to all my classmates as Liz too, and that was that. Best choice ever!

When I get married, I will change my last name (so excited about that!). But I love my first name now. Also, there are tons of short forms for Elizabeth: Liz, Liza, Beth, Betty, Eli.

The End.

Post # 15
859 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Yes but the problem is my friends, fiance’s family, and my family would never get use to it.  To me it would be a huge way to seperate myself from my parents.  It would cause to much hassle and a lot of people wouldn’t truly understand or accept it.

Post # 16
2963 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Actually I have. I did so at 18 years old.

The topic ‘Have you ever thought about changing your name entirely?’ is closed to new replies.

Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Find Amazing Vendors