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Should I Keep My Maiden Name Professionally But Take My Husband's Name Personally?

Should I Keep My Maiden Name Professionally But Take My Husband's Name Personally?


Even if a woman doesn't get cold feet about getting married, she may experience them when it comes to changing her name. Toying with this decision can be tougher for some than tying the knot, and there's a lot to consider besides the fact that you're giving up the name you've always had.

Depending on where you are in your career, changing your last name can be complicated beyond all of the paperwork. Check out some last-name options when you read more.

A woman who has worked hard to establish her name may consider keeping her maiden name professionally, while taking her husband's name personally. Another option would be to include the maiden name as a middle name (unhyphenated). So, if your name is Jane Doe and your husband's last name is Smith, you would use Jane Doe Smith for your work-related matters.

I've also encountered women who sign "Jane Smith, formerly Doe," until their contacts were used to their new last name. This last option seems more complicated than the others, but the key is that every woman finds a solution she's comfortable with and makes good sense professionally and personally.

What are your thoughts regarding the last name issue?

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