Oh, Friends. How I love you.
I did it. I changed my name. I started with Social Security, waited for my card, then made my way to the DMV and my bank. There are still a lot of other places that need tending to, but the biggies are handled.
It feels weird, but good. I decided to forgo making my maiden name my middle name and go whole hog. It’s something that I thought long and hard about, considering that there’s a likelihood of my brother never getting married and carrying on the family name. While I’m sad to see it go (legally) I know that it will always be a part of who I am. And who knows? It could reappear somewhere in our family down the line.
Update: As soon as I published this post, I found this one about how the internet has affected the choice to alter one’s name. LOVED it, as it touched on some of my thoughts regarding my name, the blog, and social media. Give it a read!
Married ladies, did you incorporate your maiden name once you got married? Single/engaged ladies, what factors are you considering when thinking about changing your name after marriage?