Changing your name...some of the time?
February 26, 2014 3:48 PM Subscribe
I'm getting married, and am considering what to do about changing my name. My finance and I both like the idea of changing my name, both for personal and practical reason -- we are both sort of traditional when it comes to things like this, both like the idea of both having the same name as our kids, our names sound awful hyphenated, etc. That said, I worry about this professionally.
posted by rainbowbrite to Human Relations (43 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Specifically, it is almost never done in my profession -- of all the married women I know through my career, the only ones who have changed their names are over the age of 60. I do have a professional name out there, including on publications, and I worry about both the impression it would make and the potential confusion for people searching for my past work.
I know some people use different names in different settings (professional versus personal), but this sounds potentially annoying/complicated/confusing as well.
I'm curious as to:
a) What you did if you were faced with a similar dilemma
b) What the potential legal/practical issues are with changing one's name 'officially' but still going by a maiden name professionally