(Closed) When did your new name feel like you?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Well, I got married a month and a half now… I am taking things gradually.
i.e. i have yet to receive my marriage certificate; therefore the name change is not official yet. My colleagues greeted me with a new nameplate for my office, which I will not put on my door until it’s official. So it’s right under my computer screen for me to stare at. I still sign with my old name, but for phone messages, I leave my new initials to practice, haha!

It’s slowly starting to feel like mine, I guess it will really when I can do the official change.

Post # 4
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5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I think it took about a year for me. I had to get used to saying it on the phone and in emails and whatnot, but it took a good long while. Now, 2 1/2 years later, it’s second nature. My mom called me by my full maiden name yesterday, and I looked at her like she had 2 heads. You’ll definitely start to feel comfortable with it soon enough!

Post # 5
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5977 posts
Bee Keeper

P.S. My best friend married an Indian guy with a very Indian sounding last name. It’s basically the “Smith” of Indian names…so she kept thinking her name sounded very odd too…but eventually you get used to it!

Post # 6
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424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

For me, it was hearing my daughters teacher call me Mrs. newlastname. I literally felt a shiver in my spine, and since then, it’s just felt perfect!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It took me maybe 5 months maybe? The more you use it, the more you see it, the more you get used to it. But, my new last name starts with the same initial as my old last name (an S) and they were both single syllable so the transition wasn’t huge to me.

Post # 8
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1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’m right at almost a year….and I am just now getting used to it. Although I will always love my maiden name….

Post # 9
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2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It’s funny, I immediately felt like my new name was me 🙂 I’ve always hated my maiden name, and was so happy to take the new one. It honestly sounds so good with my first name (even my mom was excited about it, haha). It just took a while to get used to writiing my new last name because old habits die hard, right? Sometimes I still type my old e-mail address in when I’m logging in, too, but I think I’m finally starting to allow this one to become habit.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Still getting used to it. It’s hard to charge your signature after 36 years. It feels really weird at work, because I waited till January to do anything about it and then it took until Friday for it all to go throught due to some Snafu’s. I’ve had a tought time with the change, partially  because my new name is difficult to pronouce and spell. My old name was a real word.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Funny story: I went to pick up photos at Target about a month after getting married. After having them search for about 15 minutes, I realized that oops, I had written my married name on the envelope but when they asked my name at the counter I had forgotten and given my maiden name.

It does a little getting used to but I think it is a fun thing. Just give it time…you’ve lived with your name for a long time.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

It definately doesn’t sound like me yet (3 mos now) and like you, I sometimes write my old initials, etc lol.

Post # 13
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631 posts
Busy bee

It took me a year, maybe a little more.

Post # 14
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269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I haven’t changed mine yet, but I don’t think I’ll have too much trouble at least responding to it come August. I teach kindergarten and I hear my name 100x a day!

Post # 16
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It didn’t really take me too long to get used to it.  I’m still perfecting my signature though!

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