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

posted 9 years ago in Names
  • poll: Will your new last name IYO be an Upgrade or a Downgrade?

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  • Post # 137
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    5091 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I’m going to move from the end of the alphabet to the beginning, and I’ll go from having the most impossible to spell and to pronounce last name to having a very easy one!  I’m excited!  The best part is that the letters in my initials won’t actually change, since I’ll move my maiden name to take the place of my current middle name, and my middle name has the same first letter as FI’s last.  Thus, the cool symbol I made up when I was little that incorporates all my initials and that I use to sign all my artwork won’t change!

    Post # 138
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    1633 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Even though my maiden name is pretty much the most common name ever, I think FI’s will be a downgrade for me.  And it’s not even a particularly complicated name.  It has two syllables and is English in origin.  But it’s just…odd and awkward-sounding.  9 times out of 10 when I tell someone his last name, their response is, “What?” and then they repeat it back like it’s the weirdest thing they’ve ever heard.  It just doesn’t roll off the tongue very easily.

    Post # 139
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    2583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It’ll be a slight upgrade for me 🙂 But maybe that’s partly because I’m bored with my last name… it’s not bad or anything, but I’m looking forward to having a new one and I like my FI’s last name. I’ve tried writing it out (haha, like we did in elementary school) and it’s difficult to write in cursive but I’ll get used to it.

    Post # 140
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    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @jholler25: very cute idea! Love it!!! love love love it!

    Post # 141
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Eh, I don’t know, I guess a downgrade simply because it is more common and my new name will be very similar to a celebrity’s name (one letter off but almost pronounced the same)

    Post # 142
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    3226 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I say upgrade! I liked my last name before, but it was definitely more difficult to say if you weren’t spanish. My new last name is still a spanish last name, but it’s easy to pronounce..and I like it!

    Post # 143
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    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I love my name, my initials are az. Im hyphenating and it doesnt feel right to call it a “downgrade” its just that my last name is so unique if you have it, you are related to me.  My Fiance just changed his last name to his step fathers about a year and a half ago. My excuse for not changing it completely is that I want to have the same last name of my son.

    Post # 144
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    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’m going from C to W! So…in terms of alphabetical nature, definite downgrade.

    However, my first name starts with M, and MW looks waayyyy cooler as a monogram than MC!

    Hence, I voted upgrade.

    Post # 145
    Member
    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I have a ridiculously Irish first name and middle name, and an even more ridiculously Polish last name. When I take FI’s name it’ll be Irish Irish Irish. I’m excited because my new name will be shorter and easily spelled/pronounced, a welcome change. And, all the people in his family are so proud of their name. I’m a bit sad to ditch mine as I’ve built a bit of a professional reputation on it, and it’s so unique I know exactly who I’m related to, but overall, I think I will be upgrading.

    Post # 146
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    After living with DH’s name for two months I don’t like it.

    I really wish I had hyphenated (despite DH’s insecurities about having different names or whatever). It’s incredibly common and I just don’t like how it sounds with my first name. It’s petty but his name also means I won’t sit next to the people in my department I’m closer to at graduation, they were right around “N” and so I’ll be near people I don’t know. Also, even using my maiden as a second middle gets messy so I can’t guarantee my full name will be attached to papers and whatnot and my more uncommon name was much easier remember than DH’s top 5 name.

    Oh well, stuck with it now (and yes, DH knows my frustration).

    Post # 147
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    775 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I love my current last name, Grant. It just flows so well with my name. Also there are only 3 males in our family with our last name. My brother, and my two cousins. My brother will never marry. My other cousin has yet to and my other cousin is TTC and he is having no luck. I’m worried our last name will die :/ hahah it sounds dumb, but its true. My future name is a downgrade. No one can pronounce it right. Brazier. Pronounced Frazier but with a B. People pronounce it brazier like…a bra hahah

    Post # 148
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    528 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I haven’t voted yet as I’m not sure! My fiance’s surname is Maher and let me tell you no one in the UK (outside of Ireland) can pronounce it in the slightest. This wouldn’t bother me if I didn’t have the same issue with my first name! I have so much trouble getting people to pronounce or spell my name correctly (or anything close to correctly!). Now I’m going to have two names no one can pronounce or spell! I know it’s gonna get annoying! I also don’t think it ‘goes’ with my name either. On the other hand I like it as a name, love that it’s Irish and thus represents a bit of his family roots, and would NEVER consider not having his name (unless it was REALLY awful or silly like Bananahammock ala Pheobe from Friends! lol) My current surname isn’t all that unusual, and I’m not bothered about loosing it either, I’m sure it’s just gonna take some getting used to. Fact is, I can’t wait to be Mrs Maher!

    Post # 149
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    5667 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Sidegrade. My maiden name is a long, unique (I’m related to everyone with it), hard to pronounce German name with an awesome meaning. FI’s (and my future) name is a longer, easy to pronounce (and spell), semi-common Pennsylvania Dutch name.

    Post # 150
    Member
    592 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I said downgrade.

    My current last name is pronouced the same as an animal although spelled differently. I’ve always liked it. It is not a common last name, although there are many others who share it, so it’s not uncommon either.

    My FI’s name is not common at all. But it is similar (not the same) to a nickname for a the male anatomy. Both of our last names are on the shorter side, and I’ve always had to spell mine, so I don’t mind having to spell out his. I just like mine more.

    He doesn’t care if I take his name or not, but I want us (and our future kids) to all have one name, so I’m going to. I have tried, with no success to convince him to take my name. The things we do for love, right?

    Post # 151
    Member
    645 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m definitly getting an upgrade! I hated being made fun of my last name as I was growing up. I’ll keep the same initials and it’s an easier easier to spell and pronounce. I can’t wait to finally change it! 

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