(Closed) Pursuing a career in academia, not sure how to change my name!

posted 5 years ago in Secular
Post # 2
238 posts
Helper bee

jen.lass:  It is a bit hard re  the academic  thing and names  – but if you aren’t published yet then  not so difficult , unless you choose the ‘using  one name for this and another name for that’ option.  Don’t  do that,   it will be a  pain in the arse.

I kept my own name so it was not a problem, but if you want his then do it. I don’t mind hyphenated names at all, but I am English and it is  more common in the UK. Would he take yours and hyphenate too? That would be nice . You don’t have to hyphenate though, you just sign and publish  as Jennifer Lassley Knight .

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  sema4dogz.
Post # 3
11461 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

The “first, maiden, newlast” name change is the formal, traditional manner in which many women in the US have changed their names. One of my grandmothers and one of my DH’s grandmothers and my mother all did this, and I chose this as well.

I love this name change, because it provides a clear connection to your family of origin, while also allowing you to take your husband’s name. It allows you so much flexibility (being able to use the Mrs. honorific with your new last name, as well as to be known by all three of your names whenever you would like.)

I am not in acadamia; however, I have been published due to the nature of my work. I generally use all three of my names in writing and on all legal documents, credit cards, checks, etc. Sometimes I just use my first and (new) last names socially and when I introduce myself to clients (while handing them a business card with all three names on it.)

I highly recommend this type of name change, because it will be easier for people to realize that “Jennifer Lassley” and “Jennifer Knight” are the SAME person, if your new name is “Jennifer Lassley Knight.”

Post # 4
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

jen.lass:  I work with folks in academia who are at the absolute top of their field. I’ve seen most women under 40 change their name and most do first maiden married on reports and first married at work (their email is [email protected] League.edu).

At my organization, most do the same First Maiden Married but go under First Maiden, don’t change their email address, and publish under their maiden name. Other than for HR or payroll purposes, they go my their maiden name. That’s what I plan to do (already married, waiting on peer review to hurry up).

I wouldn’t hyphenate and would always go by three names. The reason why we don’t is that it is a gigantic pain to change your email address and our email only allows First.Last. because I do so much work with contacts via email, having them recognize my name is vital.

I sign every thing with all three names and use all three on my credit cards. My mother-in-law does it the same way and it works well for her.

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