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Should I change my name?

I'm at a relatively senior level in my career, and I'm getting married. I'd like to change my name...but I'm concerned about how it could affect my "brand." First of all, people inside my company and out already know me by my maiden name...But also, will it affect my career prospects and make it seem like I am too focused on marriage?

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  • There is an easy answer to this. Change your name and redo your business cards and signature blocks after the wedding presenting your maiden name as a middle name. You can do it forever or until you feel the time is right. PS. Treasure your marriage and your spouse! Wishing you all the best!

  • Gosh, just do it - please don't make work a consideration in this... at all. I wouldn't give it a second thought.

  • You are overthinking it. If you want to change your name, change it. Don't worry about what others think or may think. Like in another comment, you could have a professional name and a legal name. When I got married, I kept my maiden name as my middle name professionally, so those who knew me by my maiden name could see that it was still me only with a new last name. And legally every where else, you could have your married name. Now I'm divorced and wished I had just kept my maiden name and not even bothered with changing my name in the first place. So, there's no right or wrong answer. You just have to do what feels right. You got this!

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