(Closed) Professional License Bees: Did you change your last name?

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I dont think it would be as confusing as you think. When people see that you are married, they will understand why the last name on your degree is different. I dont think that taking your husbands last name is abandoning your father or culture, its just part of life. Im sure after having all girls your dad realized a long time ago that you guys wouldnt carry on the name.

Post # 4
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Also, since you don’t want to hyphenate then I’m assuming (maybe incorrectly) that your children would take their father’s last name which means you wouldn’t be carrying on the legacy of your family name or culture anyway. The best way to carry on the legacy of your culture is to teach your children as much as possible about it and continue to practice the traditions.

Post # 5
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am not planning to legally change my last name, but will use my married name in social/personal settings.  For my in-laws, friends etc, to call me Mrs. HisLastName isn’t a big deal.  But if I legally changed it, I would have to change all of my licensure paperwork as well.  I could technically still have clients call me by my maiden name, but it would be much more of a headache.

I think if you’re wanting to retain your maiden name for professional purposes, then don’t legally change it.  Everyone in the world who knows you socially can still call you by your married name, even if that isn’t legally the case (how would they know??)

Post # 6
16191 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I don’t think anyone will be confused by your degrees being in a different name. People understand that women get married and often change their names.

The other stuff—an important consideration. But I wouldn’t worry too much about the degree thing. I’ll have two degrees in my maiden name, but that’s okay because I achieved those before I became a Mrs!

Post # 7
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Most people assume that if you are married you took your husbands last name.  When people hear where I went to high school, live etc (small town) people always ask me what my maiden name was (we’re the only family around with our last name so people aren’t usually familiar with it, and we haven’t really lived there as long as other families in the area). 

I think in professional settings people aren’t surprised either way.  It’s kind of a either/or with professional licenses.  Women either want to keep their maiden name because that’s what patients and companies are used to, or we change our name.  But either way I don’t think its confusing for anyone.  No more confusing than a resturaunt employee changing their name.

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