(Closed) Last Name Change….are you getting an Upgrade or Downgrade IYO??

posted 7 years ago in Names
  • poll: Will your new last name IYO be an Upgrade or a Downgrade?
    Upgrade : (167 votes)
    57 %
    Downgrade : (126 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Definite downgrade! I had a phonetically AWESOME name pre-marriage. My first name, Middle name and Last Name all had 7 letters, all ending in the same phonetic sound. And now my married name just sounds…. wrong with the rest of my name πŸ™ It was hard for me to change it. All for the sake of phonetics :p

    Post # 4
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    At first I thought a downgrade, but now I kind of think an upgrade. My old last name was super unique. I was the only one with my whole name in the US, and I kind of hated going to a more generic last name (not super popular but not unique either). But now I’m kind of digging the anonymity. Its pretty freeing to be non-google-able for the first time since google existed!

    Post # 5
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I don’t think I’m getting either an up or downgrade, we both have super Italian last names that are about the same length and sound kind of similar. 

    Post # 6
    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I had a guys name for a last name too! I miss the name I grew up with, but I like what my new one is. It sounds much more professional and my previous last name was always associated with relatives who were not as, lets say educated, as myself!

    Post # 7
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    His last name is awesome. Mine is cutesy and short. I’ve never really liked it. I was thinking about keeping it as a second middle name, but I might just drop it altogether.

    Post # 8
    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Uhh, I had a difficult first, middle and last veitnamese name.  I then got married and legally changed my first name to a nick name that I have always gone by.  I also have a german name now.  It’s not a simple german name so  I still have to pronounce it and spell it slowly but I think it’s better than what I had.

    Post # 9
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    This thread makes me laugh.  Ha. Very funny.

    Post # 10
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I went from being one of one person with my first name/last name combo, with an Irish-esque last name.  I’m now one of 657 with the third most common last name in North America. 

    I thought it might be a downgrade, but you know what, people actually pronounce and remember my whole name now…. so the jury is out.

    Post # 11
    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    My husband has the first or second most popular last name in the United States. πŸ˜› I ended up keeping my last name because it’s  memorable. I’ve been called back for interviews because the name is associated with a common movie and most people smile because it’s goofy.

    Post # 12
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My last name is a popular male first name/toilet paper so I know EXACTLY what you mean. I can’t even tell you how many times substitute teachers would call me last name first name. Even though I hated dealing with that growing up, now that I’m older it doesn’t really apply so it’s not an issue.

    I consider my name change a downgrade because FI’s last name is a pain in the ass to pronounce. His name SOUNDS like a popular male first name but its not. No-one ever gets the name right unless we spell it out. I’ve been using FI’s last name for stuff for years and I can’t tell you how annoying it is to have to spell out the name Every. Single. Time.

    P as in “Paul”, E as in “Eric”…

    Post # 13
    48 posts
    • Wedding: May 2011

    down grade πŸ™ I love my last name, it’s easy, it’s short and it’s me.

    My new last name makes me sound like a bad country singer.

    Because I hate my middle name and my maiden name could be a girls or a boys first name I think I will drop my middle name and make my maiden name my new middle name. Wow that’s easier to say than to type πŸ™‚

    Post # 14
    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Neither!  I’m keeping mine and adding his without a hyphen!   But, I like his last name, it’s simple compared to my German last name.

    Post # 15
    3520 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    My last name is actually pronounced Longcoat (long weird Asian spelling) , and my married name will be Petrocelly.  It will make me sound like a little Italian grandmother… I can’t wait!  πŸ™‚

    Post # 16
    1371 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I felt mine was pretty linear.  I went from a common English last name to a common English last name.  Both easy to say and spell.  No complaints here!

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