(Closed) New last name sounds weird

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 2
7903 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I thought my first name sounded better with my maiden name than with my husband’s last name, but after I heard it a few times, I just got used to it. Pretty soon it will be your norm, and it will seem cool. Names are just different words put together.  

Post # 3
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

Ziggy2112 :  I just wanted to say that I LOL’d at your p.s. 

And when I was married, for the first 8-9 months, I’d accidentally introduce myself by my maiden name and have to correct myself – which made me feel like an idiot who didn’t know her own name. Worse than that was that I couldn’t spell it correctly. When asked to spell it, I’d automatically swap the letters because it was more familiar format- example: “Bingham” as the last name but I would have said B-I-G…N-A…. wait. Because “big” is a word but bin isn’t. (Well, it’s a word but not one I use/spell often). 

Post # 4
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Made me think of this OP. Surely it is not this bad.

Post # 6
1364 posts
Bumble bee

Your PS made me LOL! 

I think I actually prefer my H’s last name (which I took, but haven’t had the opportunity to use yet), even though I didn’t think I’d like my two-syllable first name with a two-syllable last name (maiden was three syllables). I’m sure you’ll get used to it, though! 

Also, I’m SO curious what your name will be haha.

Post # 8
1364 posts
Bumble bee

Ziggy2112 :  I think you’ll sound classy! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a coworker joke that he was now going to call me Lady NewLastName because my new name is more “regal” than my old one. Roll with it! 

Post # 9
8584 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Ziggy2112 :  

I know, it’s Reginald Rutland  isn’t it ? Or Alfred Derby?  (that’s pronounced Darby btw , for non- UK persons lol)  

Post # 10
2037 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Well you don’t have to take his name. You can keep your own socially or legally. You can hyphen or have two last names. He could also take yours. Taking his last name isn’t your only option, especially if you don’t like his. 

Post # 11
45 posts
  • Wedding: April 2017

I think my first name sounds better with my maiden lastname, but I’m hoping I’ll get used to his ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Post # 12
4535 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ziggy2112 :  my new surname is very anglo/English sounding. Its a common one like smith, brown…

I’m olive skinned with curly brown hair and dark eyes. My parents are Italian ….I look Italian…. My new surname looks blonde haired with a peaches and cream complexion. I don’t match my new surname. People hear my name look at me and go huh??? It just feels weird….I was very used to my old very Italian surname!! I matched. I was unique. Nobody else in Oz had my name. Now I’m one of many…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I feel you OP.

Does anyone else still F*CK up and write their old name or use their old signature on forms??? I do it more often than I care to admit. Maybe Im subconsciously rebelling??!!

Haha this thread made me think of my friend. Tge combination of my best friends first name and new surname sounds like a name for a pretentious pompous law firm. She was going to hyphenate her maiden name with it but it sounded worse. Her new nickname is Judge and QC. Her hubby abswers their home phone and pretends its a barrister and solicitor’s office.  we’ve all finally cottoned on…but he sure as hell confuses telemarketers! ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Post # 13
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My first.last name are super common, I am one of the masses and I can blend in. My new last name is incredibly rare, due to a misspelling when my Future Father-In-Law immigrated. On top of that, my first name plus his last name is not used anywhere so I am afraid of being the only one in the whole world with my name! Ah! What if my students find me ๐Ÿ™

I also came to the realization the other day that I would need a new signature! That’s crazy!! I don’t know why it suddenly struck me, logically I knew but I don’t think I really knew.


Post # 14
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Ziggy2112 :  I’m having a hard time with mine.  My new last name is super long, I don’t know how to pronounce it and it took me awhile to learn to spell it.  But I love him and we’re having kids, so hopefully I’ll figure it out before then.  

Post # 15
2904 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My full first name works well with my married surname, but the shorter version I use all the time can sounds a bit wrong. It tends to lead to people thinking I’m called Lesley …. 

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