Post # 1
This might be a really stupid question, but here goes…
I’m receiving an award in May that comes with a plaque, and I have the option to choose how my name appears on the plaque. I dislike my last name, it’s Russian and very difficult for most people to wrap their heads around. I plan on changing it to my FI’s common American last name when we get married in a year, and I can barely wait. Now this award isn’t a big deal, it’s not like a diploma where my legal name might matter. It’s just more sentimental than anything, and I want to display it in my future office when I have a different last name.
If this was your scenario, would you go with your maiden last name or your future last name?
Post # 3
I would use my maiden name, no matter how much I hated it. You received that award when your name was your maiden name, and it should reflect that. You can still display it in your office in the future, people know that women change their names when they get married so it’s not like it will confused anyone. If anything, it would be more confusing that you have a plaque with your married name on it from a year before you were married, especially if it also has the date or year on it. You have the rest of your life to use your married name! Just my opinion.
Post # 4
It depends on you 🙂 I was a co-author on a paper that was submitted about 2 months before we were married and I used my husbands name, because I plan to use it professionally from now on. I did tell him that I was be very irritated if he called off our wedding though ;).
On the other hand, I graduated from college a month before we got married and I used my maiden name. I didn’t think it was too big of a deal, and like a PP said, I did earn my degree under my maiden name. I thought it would be nice to use it one last time. I think whatever you choose will be fine!
Post # 5
@LilliePad: “I would use my maiden name, no matter how much I hated it. You received that award when your name was your maiden name, and it should reflect that.”
Post # 7
Since the award will be received while you have your maiden name, I chose that you stick with your birth name!
Post # 8
Thanks ladies, I appreciate your input. By popular demand, I’ll suck it up and put my maiden name on it.
Maybe I’ll ask them to add in my 12-letter middle name too and watch them struggle to find the space. Might be a good strategy for getting a bigger plaque 😉