Post # 1
I got married almost a year ago, and I am still struggling with whether or not I should legally change my last name. I REALLY want to change it, because I really want the same last name as my husband and our future kiddos. But, I’ve been dragging my feet because I really do not like his last name. Without giving away my identity his last name is basically another word for a gross bodily function. (I know, I’ve probably made you all so curious). It would be great if I didn’t have to use it professionally, but I’m a teacher so it’s what the kids will call me every day. I’m just so jealous of everyone’s cute last names, and like I said I want to change it and have the same last name, but meh…his name is not cute. And hyphenating it is a no go because my last name is a color so that makes it even worse!! Any advice?
Post # 2
Yeah I’d be hesitant to change it too if my new last name would be something embarrassing. Is your husband adamant about not taking your maiden name? Or you could create a new last name for both of you?
Post # 3
You can combine the last names without using the hyphen. For example, if your last name was brown and his was poop, you could change it to boop or pown. Not the best examples, but you get what I mean.
I am also a teacher, but we have a pretty relaxed school, so they all call me by my first name. Ms. Ellsiepig. I’m sure your kids won’t judge though. Maybe.
Post # 4
Hmm that’s true. Ha no my husband doesn’t care what I do. I’m sure he’d be glad if I shared in the sorrows of his last name, but he doesn’t blame me for being so hesitant!
Post # 5
You could also change your name, but continue to use your maiden name professionally. I recently re-met a teacher from my middle school and realized that she never used her married (legal) name even though she was married at the time because it was a name that describes a particular piece of anatomy. Definitely would have been tough for her to get a bunch of 12 year olds to focus with that name.
Post # 6
That’s a great option. I had a high school teacher named Mrs. Seamen, and I can’t even imagine the amount of snickering she had to put up with through her career. LOL!