Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in May of 2017.
I am 27 years old and have built a lot of my career on using my maiden last name. Despite this, I am planning on taking my future husband’s last name when we get married. I would still like to have my maiden last name represented somewhere (on my business cards, LinkedIn, email signature, etc.) for those people who found me through my maiden name.
Just to clarify, I am not interested in hyphenating my last name.
Has anyone else done this? If so, what format would be most appropriate for this? Is there a correct way to represent both names?
I was thinking of these options…
FirstName LastName (MaidenName)
First Name (MaidenName) LastName
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
I would just keep your last name legally and go by his last name socially. Or drop your middle name and move your maiden name to your middle name and take his last name, that’s what my mom did.
Post # 3
I agree with hikingbride. Where I work, only people’s legal names are on their business cards.
Post # 4
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underblueskies1016 : I think FirstName LastName (MaidenName) is a good idea. Or you could always do FirstName MaidenName LastName on your business cards and social media although your legal name does not include your maiden name.
Post # 5
Just use his name socially and continue to use your maiden name professionally.
Post # 6
underblueskies1016 : Well I’m from the south, so it’s customary (and I did) for us to drop our middle and then add husbands last name.
My legal name is First Maiden Married. I too started my career as my maiden name, I’m a photographer and my name IS my business name. I still changed my name, and professionally go by my maiden name. It’s never been an issue. My email signature is my full name, which is not hyphenated.
Post # 7
I also use First Maiden Married. Maiden name is now legally my middle name, so I use the whole thing on business cards and correspondence.
Personally I didn’t want to keep my maiden legally and married name socially because I just didn’t want to deal with essentially having two deferent versions of my name, but I know that way is preferred by many and works out for them! It just wasn’t for me.
My married name is currently my ex’s last name because I didn’t bother to change it back when we divorced. When I marry Fiance I’ll take his last and keep my maiden as my middle name, but I’ve been considering just dropping the middle name off my business stuff because I think my FirstName NewMarriedName will have a better ring to it without the middle. 😄
Post # 8
If you’re in the US, you have to have your legal name on your paycheck for IRS purposes. Every place I’ve worked has required that my email/business cards etc. match my legal name. (Mine is legally hyphenated, but I only wanted to use one name for email, but was told that wasn’t possible.)
I know many people who legally kept their maiden name for that reason. Everyone knows them by their married name outside of work, but it’s not legally changed. That’s what I’d do if you don’t want to hyphenate.
Post # 9
I’m adding my maiden name as a second middle name. So if you did that, you could have First, Second Middle, Last on your cards? I also work with a woman who kept her maiden name at work, but legally she has her married name. My company had no problem having her email and business cards be her maiden name even though it wasn’t her legal name (they would still give her checks and insurance info as her legal name though obviously), so I think that could work too!
Post # 10
I am doing this. Taking my FI’s name legally but keeping my maiden on all correspondence at such at work (except for payroll because it will have to match bank account).
Post # 11
I’m changing my name, and for the first year or two will do First MI (maiden) Last on things where it would be helpful to connect my old name to my new. The end goal is just to transition to using the new exclusively, but while there’s a ramping up period of people learning my reputation I’m noting my old to give them a reference point. I’d probably approach it differently if I weren’t fairly early in my career. I have some reputation built in my maiden name, but mostly in the form of connections that just need to be acclimated to a new name.