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

posted 10 years ago in Names
  • poll: Will your new last name IYO be an Upgrade or a Downgrade?



  • Post # 107
    248 posts
    Helper bee

    How about signing your new signature with the new last name? I’m not married (or even engaged) yet, but changing my signature to the new last name will be a nightmare. I’ve tried signing it and it no longer flows together and/or looks nice anymore!

    Post # 108
    973 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’m getting a downgrade! HAHA Fiance is so excited about me taking his last name. I’m going from a relatively easy, but NOT common last name… to a last name with 10 letters that NOONE can pronounce. (Wollenmann)  and I cant even write it pretty! LoL

    Post # 109
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Downgrade. My name kicks ass. I never get past telling people my name without getting a “That’s so cool” or “I love your name” comment. First and maiden last name are awesome and awesome together. And no one ever ever misspells it!

    FIs last name is nice. He’s from Ireland and its nice and Irish and short. Also he has a varied spelling of a more common English name, so I always have to spell it. I will be First name Maiden name Last name. No hyphen. But I still mourn the loss of me perfect name a little!

    Post # 110
    614 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I guess mine is a side-grade. My maiden last name is kind of uncommon britishy name, except for a famous prairie girl that I’m actually related to, a famous actor and the title character in a raunchy movie. My first-middle-last name flowed well and I’m a journalist so I was used to my name. 


    My new last name is british and long, but slightly less common than my maiden name. Professionally, I kept my maiden name as my middle name and go by first-maiden-new last name. It’s long and I’m pretty much sick of writing all that when I introduce myself in a dozen emails a day. Several strangers have told me my name sounds like a famous author name, so there’s that. πŸ™‚ It’s flattering!


    In everything other than work, I use my first name, middle name and new last name–or of course, just first and new last. πŸ™‚ Which is entirely too many letters. But I like it because my name sounds like some Pride and Prejudice name. πŸ™‚ and instead of being near the end of the alphabet I’m at the front!

    Post # 111
    361 posts
    Helper bee

    Upgrade. My last name isn’t my maiden name since I’m divorced, but neither my current surname nor my maiden name have any emotional attachment from me. I’m most excited about taking my SO’s last name. It’s not easy to spell or pronounce, but it’s his and I love it. 

    Post # 112
    1425 posts
    Bumble bee

    Always ALWAYS have to spell out my last name and no one knows how to properly pronounce it… thank you Ukrainian/Polish ancestors. FI’s last name is the easiest and one of the most common. I’m pretty stoked for the end of the year when I can just give out my last name or have it called out properly. 

    Post # 113
    2522 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My last name right now is very German and is mispronounced and misspelled more often than I can count! I never expect anyone to get my name right.

    But next year…I’m upgrading to Beckham. πŸ˜‰

    Post # 114
    1368 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I like my current last name. It’s a bit of a downgrade, but I’m sure I’ll learn to love it. My maiden name is fairly uncommon but easy to pronounce and his is very uncommmon and a bit confusing. I’m going from an pretty English last name to Polish one that ends in “ski”.

    I’m also moving my maiden name to a second middle name (not a hyphenated last name). So I am currently RLL and I will soon be RLLR with the second R as my last name.

    Post # 115
    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Upgrade, generally speaking.  I’m an elementary school teacher, and my new name will be a LOT simpler for them to say/spell.  However, I’m told that it will still be spelled wrong, and I’m not crazy about how it sounds with my first name.  Oh, well.

    Post # 116
    3221 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Mine is an upgrade! 

    My last name right now is Silcox…needless to say it’s been rough as a kid. 

    FI’s last name is Stanton. A good, solid German/Irish last name. Pretty happy I get to have his last name! πŸ™‚

    Post # 117
    1227 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Upgrade for me! My current last name is super common and kind of boring. FI’s last name is Italian and very unusual for our part of the US, so I’m excited to finally have a more distinctive name.

    Post # 118
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I don’t think it’s an upgrade or a downgrade. Both of our last names are short and unusual.

    Post # 119
    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think downgrade too. I’m really attached to my current last name, besides which Mrs D is my Future Mother-In-Law… I can’t think of it as the future me!

    Post # 120
    340 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Johnson –> Motley

    Def. UPGRADE! πŸ™‚ Never been happier!

    Post # 121
    38 posts
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Upgrade for me!  I’m going from a 2 syllable, 6 letter German name to a 3 syllable, 6 letter Italian last name.  I always felt that my name sounded really harsh, with both my first and last names being 2 syllables with hard consonant endings.  But with FI’s last name, a 2-syllable first name and 3-syllable last name sounds a *lot* prettier!

    It’ll be silly to be thought of as Italian though, as I have *no* Italian heritage.  It’s all German / Polish / PA Dutch / tiny bit of English.

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