And I’m feeling really, really sad about it.
I got married last September. I wasn’t going to change my name, as I really didn’t see the point, but after discussing it with my husband, I realized it was important to him - only because he’s the last of his line, and our children will be carrying on the name. So, since I have several male cousins, and a brother expecting a baby son in October, who will be carrying on the name, I decided to go ahead and change my name.
So I’ve been going by Elza Marriedname since last September, but never made it over to the BMV to get my license changed or to the SS office to get my card changed - so my license has been Elza Maidenname for the past ten months. I finally made it over to the BMV today and my license now says Elza Marriedname officially.
I’m sad at not having my last name anymore. I’m happy that my husband and I officially look like we’re married now that we both have the same legal last name, but I kind of miss my maiden name now. I went from one unpronounceable German name to another unpronounceable German name, so nothing has really changed to that effect - everyone mispronounces my name, basically - it’s just weird to look at my license now and see a whole new name on it.
It really hit tonight when my dad and I were talking about getting business cards together for me, and he said “So you just put Elza Maidenname on the cards…”, and I had to interrupt him and say “That’s not my last name anymore, Dad.”.
This is a really long, pointless post just to say I miss my maiden name now. I didn’t realize I would miss it so much, but I guess when it’s been your name for thirty years, you get attached to it.