Post # 1
I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t have to defend your personal decision about your name. I’m fortunate because everyone in my family, especially my fiance, has been supportive about my choice with my name once I’m married.
But I’m a curious girl! What are bees planning to do name-wise?
Post # 3
I changed my last name to his and kept my original middle name!
Post # 4
@ginnyc: What’re you doing? I have changed mine to My First Name My Middle Name My Maiden Name (second middle) His Last Name
Post # 5
@prncssDva, that was one option I forgot about!
I’m keeping my name as is. When I turned 30 (and before I met my FI), I decided that I was officially too attached to my name to change it. I have professional reasons too. But, like I said before, I think it’s a personal decision no one should have to defend.
I have used the money I have saved by not changing my name as a rationale to buy a new ipod though 🙂
Post # 6
I plan to keep my last name, he will keep his and we plan to give our children hyphenated last names.
Post # 7
I’m keeping mine partly for professional reasons (I have publications under my name) and partly for lazy reasons (I know it’s POSSIBLE to change your name with the licensing board, but I hear it’s a PITA).
He told me he’d like me to change my name, and so I told him if he’d do all the paperwork involved I would change it. After two telephone calls, he told me it was too much trouble 🙂
Post # 8
I’ll be doing similar to @PrncssDva: but using my last name and his when in professional settings. After people have already gotten to know my pretty unique last name, using his would make me one of the many up here. So for the work setting it will be Mrs. ML HL, but families and friends can just call me Mrs. HL.
Post # 9
I want to do something similar to prncssdva as well but right now I’m too lazy to change my name. So I kinda go by mine or his depending on what the weather is. All my official papers say my last name but maybe when I have to renew my liscence I’ll be motivated to change it. The one thing is professionally I haven’t decided if I really want to write under my married name so I’m still doing all that under my maiden name for now, so I guess I’m just complicating things.
Post # 10
I loved the idea of taking his name. It really made me feel closer to him. I’m kind of cheesy I guess. 🙂
Post # 11
Legally, I kept my same middle and last name. Socially, I don’t care what I’m called. Professionally, it doesn’t really matter, but if it ever did in the future – I’d keep it the legal one.
I do wonder if in years to come, I’ll wish I changed my name to his… but, neither of us want kids, so I’m not worried about issues related to what the kids last name will be, etc.
Post # 12
I didn’t have a middle name (long story) so I just used my maiden name as my middle name!
Post # 14
My name is the same as it was before. I was not willing to change my name if my husband would not also be changing his name in the same way (e.g., both hypehenating, or creating a new last name to share).
Post # 15
I’ll be keeping mine legally (and professionally) but will use his in social settings.
Post # 16
Im changing it to his last name, and keeping my maiden as a second middle name. I have actually already changed it professionally, as I made a new portfolio website and when I had to buy the domain I figured what the heck I’ll just buy the new name now 🙂 Is that weird? Sometimes I think I might be weird…