(Closed) What should I do about my name?

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m a teacher too and am starting back tomorrow with a new last name.   Mine isn’t as complicated, I kept my maiden name and added his without a hyphen.  But, my email is like yours.

I will still have the same email issue, but hope that the IT department will switch it.  I’m still in the directory, so that helps.   I know some teachers kept their old email address for a year and then had it switched, they just changed their signature line.   For me, I think I would just send an email to those contacts I had informing them of my email change.

If I would have taken his last name and dropped mine entirely, I would sign my email as:

Mrs. (Smith) Jones.

Post # 4
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It should be no problem for the IT department to change your email address and forward from the old email for a time perios say 6 months or 1 year. I would contact them and find out what their procedure is. I am sure it will not be difficult to fix. As for the new school, since you are new the students will probably jsut think the school messed up which it did. Give them a little time to become acclimated and things should work out fine.

Post # 6
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you allowed two email addresses? That might cut down on the confusion. Where I work many people get married and their outgoing email would say Mrs.Jones but they can get emails to both Mrs.Smith and Mrs.Jones. Usually they would change the email address to read something like

Amanda (Smith) Jones and then eventually drop the Smith part after a few months – that way everyone realizes you are the same person with a different last name.


Post # 7
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

1 – Have them change the email. Any IT team worth their salt will create the new account and then have all mail from the old account forward to it automatically. If someone emails you at the old account, it’ll come through to your new account, and your replies to them will come from your new account.

2 – The school needs to correct this mistake. If they put you down as Mrs. Anderson (a random but incorrect name), they would have made the correction for you, and using the wrong name is still using the wrong name, even if it used to be your name. I don’t think you owe anyone an explanation – just tell them, “The school made a mistake and listed me under the wrong name. I am Mrs. Jones.”

You could also consider putting it in your email signature, something like

Mrs Jones
(formerly Mrs Smith)
6th Grade French Teacher
School Name, School District

or something like that

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