(Closed) Poll: surname change for academia bees?

posted 5 years ago in Names
  • poll: Which surname should I choose?
    Keep your Eastern European surname : (12 votes)
    67 %
    Go for your FI's English surname : (4 votes)
    22 %
    Other: please explain! : (2 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @olifant:  I am in academia and I am changing my name.  Actually my new name will be Firstname Maidenname Newlastname…ie I am making my current last name my new middle name (and kicking my old middle name out completely…might use it for a kiddo someday though :)) 

    I know women in academia who have changed their last names, and women who haven’t.  I wouldn’t say it’s universal that women don’t. 

    My FI’s surname is ethnic-sounding, harder to pronounce and harder to spell than my current name, and I love that it will be more unique than my current whitebread english name (think “smith” or something similarly common).  It’s a personal choice though!  Frankly I would HATE having erotica come up in a google search for my name but it’s your call.   You could always do Firstname Husbandlastname Yourlastname if you like the way that sounds (no hyphenating). 

    It’s a big decision!  Good luck!

    Post # 4
    Member
    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    If my married name turned up results for porn or other erotic stuff, I wouldn’t change it no mtter what. Consider that your future students will google you, and you do not want that association.

    Have you published yet? That’s another factor, although depending on your field your first name and research topic might make it obvious that you’re the same person.

    I actually think having a somewhat unusual last name in academic is useful. I have a memorable (and sort of strange) last name, and I didn’t change it after we got married, partially because I know people remember me due to my name, and because I had a forthcoming publication at the time.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2497 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @olifant:  All of my female friends in academia are keeping their maiden names. I think you could go by your husband’s name socially (i.e., Mrs. Hislastname on holiday cards and things of that nature) but go by your maiden name for everything related to your work.

    Post # 8
    Member
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @olifant:  I didn’t realize there were different rules about renaming in Europe!  Interesting.  Hey, maybe if your husbands last name is a bit dirty he should change it to yours, it is 2013 after all πŸ˜‰

     

    I’m a postdoc so maybe I wouldn’t be as willing to change my name if I were an established professor.  But, my pubs under my maiden name will still be there on my CV, on my linkedin page, on my google scholar page…they just won’t come up in a pubmed search for my new name. Eh.  Anyone thinking about my pubs that hard probably has my CV, I figure.  This could vary by field.

     

    Also, I am not a “known name” in my field by ANY stretch of the imagination.  I guess that would also affect my willingness to change it.  Good thing I never published anything groundbreaking as a grad student πŸ˜‰

    Post # 11
    Member
    38 posts
    Newbee

    @olifant:  Why is hyphenating not an option? I feel like that would be the best choice, honestly.

     

    Post # 14
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    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @bridinmt:  “Anyone thinking about my pubs that hard probably has my CV, I figure.  This could vary by field.”

    I do think this is true – in my narrow field, we can (and do, ha) easily track each other’s marital trajectories through name changes on articles being published. We all know that Superstar J. Smith is the same person as Superstar J. Smith-Johnson or Superstar J. Johnson (although always a little awkward when they suddenly revert to their maiden name). I probably could have changed my name as my first name and maiden name are unique in my field, and adding a surname or changing it probably wouldn’t be terribly confusing.

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