(Closed) How long did it take…

posted 7 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I had been with my husband for soooo longer before the wedding that it really wasn’t too big of an adjustment for me since I’m so used to hearing his name.  Also, his last name and my maiden start with the same letter so I think hearing it isn’t as jarring.  Now.. signing my new name is a whole different story.  I still feel super awkward.. I just can’t get it to flow as easily as my old signature.  Although I will say my new signature is much more legible since I have to concentrate.

Post # 4
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Still trying to get used to it. Some days I slip and give/say/write my maiden name. But I’m getting much better at it. 🙂

Post # 5
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m kind of used to it, but still not completely.  I’m getting pretty good at signing my new name, but just the other week, I had to initial some things, and without even thinking, I just did my initials with my maiden name.  When I got to the end to sign it, I was like “oops!”  Plus I still have to concentrate when I sign my new last name because there’s a stupid “v” in it and those are always difficult for me, haha.  My old last name had all easy letters.  😛  And even though I know my new last name and what my new name is, I think I still think of myself as my original name, haha.

Post # 6
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

@ Adira.. my new last name has a “v” in it too… luckily it’s towards the end so I just scribble through that part.

Post # 7
6573 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i’m getting more used to it, but after 3 1/2 months i still forget sometimes. i always have to think before i sign or say my name, and sometimes i will accidently use my maiden name.  but it’s not as weird now to have his name.

Post # 9
275 posts
Helper bee

I had to sign my new name 3 times at the DMV because I kept signing the wrong name.

Also, I don’t recognize when my name is called (when said with last name) and often have a blank stare on my face while people are waiting for me to respond.

I still slip and introduce myself with my maiden name sometimes; mostly when my parents are around. 

It’s almost been a year –


Post # 10
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Funny you should ask! At our wedding when we were signing our marriage license, our pastor told me to sign with my new last name and what do you think I automatically did??? Yup, signed my maiden name. I litterally said “oh crap” infront of the pastor and then said “well I will just write both names down with my maiden in the middle.” So now I will have my maiden in the middle.

Yes its awkward!

Post # 11
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think I’m pretty used to it by now. But I sign my name A LOT. 🙂 Just yesterday my brother sent me a check, and he made it out to me in my maiden name…. it was almost weird seeing it that way again!

Post # 12
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I actually like the way his name and my first name sound better than my original last name, so I know it won’t take long at all to get used to the amazing transition.

Post # 13
1556 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m so glad it’s not just me having a hard time getting used to my new name.  I LOVE my new name and was very excited to take my husband’s name…but I still slip up.  It’s especially bad when I do because I’m an encore and the last name I’m used to is my ex-husband’s.  Oops!

I still have to think every time I sign my name (which is many times per day).  I still have to think before I introduce myself to people.  It still sounds funny to me when I hear someone refer to me as Attorney Hisname. 

The hardest part is that my husband’s sister and I have the same first name.  When I hear/see my new name, I always think of her first.  My name doesn’t really feel “mine” to me yet.  It just feels like I’m using my sister-in-law’s name.

Post # 15
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This thread makes me laugh!  I am not married yet, but I admit, I have practiced with his name — which is TWICE as long as my current name.  I know it’s going to take a while.

Post # 16
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I used my new last name at my job for 2 months before we got married–I’m a journalist. I got my name officially changed in April? I think. I’m used to signing my name now, and i have to tell people my name a lot with my job, so–I am used to it. It’s been 5 months. 🙂 oh, and my new name is 2x as long as my old one. My new name is 26 characters total! I go by my first, maiden and new last name professionally–first, middle, new last name in everything else.

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