And I'm sure I'm not the only one.
I am not a super-young bride, fresh out of high school. No, I have been to college, been through grad school, and have made a name for myself in the legal community. A name. My name.
To top it off, I have a very memorable name. My first name is unusual, and paired with my last name...well, let's just say people don't forget it. It has been the catalyst for much teasing and jokes over the years, but I have grown attached to it somehow. I'm proud to be a part of my family and have my family name.
I have always planned to change my last name when I get married. There is something about that ultimate coming together, becoming one family, starting my new life as his wife.
My identity crisis? My middle name. I like my middle name. Love my middle name. But...I also love my (now) last name. What do I do? I thought about becoming:
First Last Married
First Middle Married
First Middle Last Married
But that last one is probably entirely too many names. I want to avoid the hyphenated name at all costs. But that leaves me in a quandary, and with a serious identity crisis.
Have any of you experienced an identity crisis when it comes to changing your name?