Changing your last name
So,today I started the journey of changing my last name and taking up my husband's name. It's not easy. I have to do a newspaper publication of my change of name, copy my place of work, Pharmacists council, the West Africa College of Pharmacists where I am running my residency program,Immigration office for change of name on my passport, etc etc.
In all this, I feel sad. I love DH and like being his wife. But I am attached to my name. Its not like I need it for professional purposes or anything, but its just that my surname is very unique and uncommon, and Ive had it for 30years now, so it feels like Im loosing a little of myself and my identity by letting go of it. I thought of hyphnating my maiden name and my husband's surname, but.. cant work. My surname has 11 letters and his has 9, can you begin to imagine how unweldy it would be? Not taking his name is not an option either,it will look odd, and trust me,even my parents will not approve of me keeping my family name. Besides, its not even practical; I mean,I really cant be Mrs (my maiden name), and I dont care to be 'Miss' any longer, I love being adressed as 'Mrs',lol..
Well,my emails, facebook and twitter accounts and all social media remain in my name, but that is a small comfort.
So,did y'all change your names after the wedding, and how easy was it for you?