(Closed) Vent – My mom doesn't respect that I didn't change my name.

posted 4 years ago in Family
Post # 2
2406 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

This is just a sticking point with your mom, and there isn’t anything to do about it. Just let time go by and hope she gets used to it, or just gets tired of talking about it.

There is always something we do that others don’t agree with. Just laugh it off when she goes on, and try to disregard it.

Post # 3
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

It’s a different time (thankfully) than when your mom was married. Maybe it’s upsetting to her (whether she realizes it or not) that you have this choice but she didn’t, or she felt like she didn’t. She’s not handling it very maturely but that doesn’t mean you have to stoop to her level. 

Post # 4
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I can completely relate– I did not change my name, we discussed it with family, then the night before the wedding everyone (both sides ) were completely caught off guard that I wasn’t changing my name.  My mom has always been “forgetting” I didn’t change my name, but I just kind of let it go– it’s not worth the battle.  Then, she sent me a check for something and it was made out to first name, husbands last name– took me 2 weeks to cash the damn thing (fyi- I figured out that the ATM for deposits wasn’t strict, and did it that way)– we had the conversation again and  thought she got it.  Fast forward to when my brother passed away, and since he didn’t have  a will we had to file probate papers– guess how I am listed on COURT DOCUMENTS?– yep– first name, husbands last name— that took me HOURS on the phone and it still isn’t fixed!  My mom and I have had this discussion many times, and she still doesn’t get it– I have given up (and told my dad to make sure anything legal has my actual name on it– hopefully he gets it now). 

Other than telling your mom again I am not sure what you can do- can your dad talk to her?  Unforturntly you might find this is a battle not worth fighting.


Good luck!

Post # 5
9333 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

explain to her calmly and politely that you have decided to not change your name and it hurtful when she addresses you by your married now.


i’m not comparing but wanted to share the other side… my mom knows i changed my last name and kept my middle name.  she still writes me check to my maiden name, but whatever, she just has to redo them.   

one day (maybe a year after i was married) i asked my mom my full name.  she said [first name] [maiden name] [his last name] (with his last name pronounced wrong).  i asked her if she was serious.  she then corrected his last name but for some reason really thought i kept my maiden name.  i just laughed at her and told her she knew better.

Post # 6
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I’m sorry for your frustation. I can tell you she might be having a hard time with this for reasons that have nothing to do with you. Try not to take it on as your problem, if there is little you can do to fix it. Its not what people call you, its what you answer to.

Post # 7
2663 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

canuck24:  Oh dear, that’s not very nice for you at all! I’d tell her that it bothers you and ask again that she address you with the name SHE and your Dad gave you at birth.

Failing that, I’d get passive aggressive. I’d start sending back anything with the wrong name and write on it ‘not known at this address’. I know that seems extreme but if she chooses not to listen then this will really annoy her.

I kept my name too and would not appreciate anyone purposely doing this, let alone my own mother! My mother was proud I kept my own name. My Mother-In-Law is another story.

Post # 8
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

canuck24:  I read your post and it appears you have taken very good steps in trying to talk to her like an adult. You sat down with her, have expressed how much her comments hurt your feelings, and made it clear you are staying with your name. End of discussion. Except she didn’t get the part where it’s no longer up for negotiation.

Maybe she feels if she makes enough fuss over it, you’ll cave and change your name. Maybe she’s angry about your decision (who cares BTW), and she takes it out on you often. 

As much as you’ve both had a close relationship, this is now in jeopardy if this continues. I think it’s time you become more serious about consequences and boundaries.

Whenever she sends you a message in the mail with the wrong name on the front, write “return to sender” and put it back in the mail. If she mentions it, say “Yes, I did receive a letter from you, but my name was address wrong. I no longer accept mail with the wrong name.” and if she tried to discuss that further, become a broke record. “Mom, I no longer accept letters with the wrong name.” “I’m sorry you feel that way, but I no longer accept mail with the wrong name.”

In person, you actually have more power over the name game. If she brings it up or makes hurtful jokes, say “Mom, I do not appreciate your behaviour with my name choice. If you continue, then I’ll have to leave.” Give her one fair chance. “Okay mom, I warned you. I have to go now.” And leave! REPEAT this as many times as you need to. Over the phone, you can use a similar tactic and hang up! “Mom, this is no longer up for discussion. I’m hanging up now.”
Tough love my friend. You will have to enforce that you will no longer tolerate her behaviour, even set as a joke. “Mom, I can’t talk to you when you do this. Goodbye”

It’ll take an enormous amount of courage to do this, because I’m sure you’re worried about damaging the relationship but it’s already going that direction.

Good luck!!

Post # 9
7884 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Send her a letter addressed to her maiden name. If she mentions it, say “it’s annoying to get things improperly addressed isnt it?”

Ok, not really! But I wish you could do that!

Post # 10
2690 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Most people don’t seem to understand…

Where I live I CANNOT assume my husbands name, even if I wanted to. I’ve told soooo many people to at least hyphenate things if they are mailing to me (they dont listen)

I had something mailed to my MOH’s moms house in England and she forwarded it to me. My Maid/Matron of Honor told her to put my husbands last name (even though I constantly correct her). When it arrived at the post office I couldnt even pick it up because my last name was different.. soooo annoying I had to have it sent all the way back to the UK

Post # 11
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Ignore her! She is obviously trying to get a reaction out of you so don’t play into her pettiness. I’m also not changing my name, and some people have strong feelings about it, but I could care less. It’s my choice, just like it’s my SO’s choice to keep his name. 

Post # 12
2804 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

eeniebeans:  Why is “not really” ?? I think that is actually a pretty great idea. Some people don’t understand the effects of their actions until they are placed in similar situations. It would certainly be a lesson for mom. Though OP, since you mentioned your Dad is big on respecting the last name, I would give him a heads up first, in case he gets the mail before her. 

Post # 13
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

MeandMyLouboutins:  You must live in Quebec… right? I’ve always wondered about this rule. Are you able to change your name legally to something else just because you want to? (Ex. Princess Consuela Bananahammock)

Post # 14
2690 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

thelibrarylady:  yes I do.

Basicalle a name change here means even your birth certificate would be changed,.. that’s how serious they take it. Essentially they almost never grants name changes and the cost to apply to the Regie is astronomical.

Post # 15
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

MeandMyLouboutins:  That seems so weird to me, but let’s be honest a lot of what goes on anywhere east of BC seems weird to me sometimes haha.

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