Post # 1
Please help me with this one… So when you call someone (an office, an associate, an acquaintance) who does not know your new name, how do you say your name? Do you say, hi this is Sally NewName, I used to be Sally OldName? That sounds awkward. Do you say, this is Sally OldName NewName?
How about in email?
Thanks! I’ve been married for 2 months now and I still feel so weird about this one.
Post # 3
Usually I just say “this is Artbee NewName, I recently got married, you probably have me down as “Artbee OldName.”
Post # 4
Yeah if Im calling a doctor office or something I will say “This is Pitbullover Newname but you might have me in your system as Pitbullover OldName”
Post # 5
I just had to do this because I have all of my yearly doctor’s appts coming up and they all have my old name. I keep saying “you probably have me listed as ‘Canam Old Last Name’. I got married, can I give you my new name?”
I was making a dentist appointment the other day as I was waiting for a meeting to start at work, and I’ve only been here for 4 months, so they’ve only known me by my new name. When I said “Hi, this is Canam Old Last Name” the whole room stopped and was like “who??”. It was pretty funny because to me, it still comes naturally to say my old last name.
Post # 6
What about if you’re calling an office where the receptionist knows you? Or if you’re writing an email to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while who won’t recognize your new name?
To tag on to CanAmBride’s message, I recently attended a meeting where there was one man that I’d met a couple of times before and a few others I didn’t know. I introduced myself with my new name to the new folks and the guy I’d met before stood up and introduced himself to me. It was so awkward as I explained to him that he knew me but that I’d just changed my name.
Post # 7
In emails, I usually write the first line as “Hi Person – This is CanAm Old Last Name, but I was married in September, hence the name change.” Just make sure the subject line is specific so they will be sure to open it.
I recently did this with my old mortgage broker. I haven’t spoken to him in years, but we are looking to refinance and I wanted to use him again. I’ll admit, it was a bit awkward coming up with the first line.
With most cases, I usually start off with my old last name and then explain the change. That way people know right away who they’re talking to.
Post # 8
I had a co-worker who signed her emails “Firstname Newlastname, formerly Oldlastname” after she got married. She would speak on the phone the same when introducing herself.
Post # 9
I won’t have to do this for a while, but when I answer the phone or whatever, I’m sure it’s going to be, “Hi, this is GreenEyedMoon OldLastNa- Um. I mean. This is GreenEyedMoon NewLastName. Sorry.”