Post # 1
I am debating on what to change my email address to, namely in what way/whether to incorporate my maiden name along with my new last name. I plan on taking my maiden name as a second middle name and using it as I see fit, but in the long run to use first newlast (I think…). However, I’m not sure how my maiden should feature in the email name since it’s what people know me as now, but that won’t last forever. What have you all done?
Let’s pretend my name is chelsea laura burntson lim (first middle maiden newlast, respectively). The initials and the number of letters in each name are the same as mine but otherwise it’s made up.
Unfortunately chelsealim is taken on my provider. I want something easily remembered and not too long, preferably without numbers, but that’s not essential. Possilble iterations are
- chelsealauralim (or chelsea.laura.lim)
- chelseaburntsonlim (or chelsea.burntson.lim) — too long?
What sounds best to you? What have you all done in this situation? I know this has to be the least interesting post ever but I needed feedback and couldn’t think of who else to ask but you all who may be in the same situation. Thanks all!
Post # 3
I’m a little embarrassed to say what I did. When GMail came out I had a feeling about how our relationship was going to go and I registered my future maiden name. I didn’t actually get to use the name until this May….three and half years after I registered it!
But seriously, get a GMail account. There is no way your provider’s email is better. I assure you.
Post # 4
Haha Niki, don’t worry. Just yesterday I checked to see if my new name is available on gmail (it is). Glad to know I’m not the only one
I agree, check gmail. If you dont want to do that, how about:
chelsea.b.lim or chelseablim
c.burnston.lim or cburnstonlim
Hope it helps!
Post # 5
Lol, I use gmail. I love gmail. I also found a gizmo wherein you can forward all your old emails in one fell swoop to a new email account (haven’t tried it yet, but instructions are here) thus not losing the archives you’ve built up. The trouble is that burntson stands for a very rare name and lim for a very common name, so plain ol’ chelsealim is taken. All the rest are available.
Post # 6
I did that before my wedding, but before we were engaged and wouldn’t you know someone out there had my e-mail already taken! And my new last name isn’t common at all, so weird. But love gmail!
Post # 7
I vote for chealsea.b.lim 🙂
Post # 8
Haha! I could tell you had gmail because it’s the only provider that allows you to use periods (dots) in the prefix of your email address. I think? Anyway, I like option #2 (without the dots). In my opinion, I don’t think the length of the address matters as long as it’s easy to remember.
Post # 9
I needed a more professional email and wanted to incorporate my new last name too … but I did it a little more subtly by using initials, then birthmonth and year, ala my Future Mother-In-Law. Hers is [email protected] and mine is [email protected] (numbers are an example) Because of my unique pre-wedding initials, most people don’t know that I’m keeping my last name in there and just think I’m shortening Valerie, but I know! 😀
Post # 10
While Gmail lets you use dots, the dots don’t matter. You own the name with and without the dots. Go ahead, try it!
Post # 11
I did the Gmail thing too, so you aren’t alone! I think I did it the week we were engaged!