Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What's In a Name?

Ironic that today's item is "your name," because I was going to blog about this anyway.
Read this program closely. Look for it... Ahh, yes.
I didn't legally change my name after getting married a few months ago. It just didn't make sense to me to go through all the trouble of changing my name legally when I'm still in school and have all this fiddling paperwork to deal with (not that I won't have to deal with it later, but I'm sure it will be significantly less not trying to deal with the various departments at the University).

But people don't seem to understand why I would do that. I changed my name on Facebook, which apparently magically changes my name all other places, and now I'm having a sort of identity crisis.

For some reason, people have always felt the need to call me by my first and last names as if they were one word: "Shannonwooooood" (and yes the "oo" is normally drawn out), and as soon as I got married, they kept doing it, but they changed my last name (at least now they enunciate instead of slurring it together). Whenever they do, I feel something squirming around inside me and I cry out lamely "That's not my name you know!" I'm not really sure why I do that. I should be totally proud of my new last name, especially since I never really liked my old one-- too common, too at-the-end-of-the-alphabet. Maybe that's what the issue is. I moved up all of 1/15 of a space in the alphabet. My poor kids will always be picked last for everything. At least the T-Z line is always really short.

Maybe it's because the new last name is German for "King of the Muddy Bank." If that's not a regal title, I don't know what is.

I guess eventually I'll stop feeling like I'm lying every time I say my last name. I guess I'll get used to the change eventually.

Just please don't call me Suzanne.


LP said...

Yes, it does take a while to get used to. But at least your initials are the same! You won't have to buy all-new monogrammed luggage, lucky you!

I've been called Jeanette more times than I care to remember. Also Annette, Linda, Anne, Debbie, Karen, Lisa, and Suzanne (it runs in the family). That doesn't include my sisters' names and the family dog's that my mom called me, nor does it include the less family-friendly names that I had put upon me when I was a substitute teacher.

Brittney said...

Hey Shannon. I hope you don't mind me reading your blog. You are a great writer! I just wanted to say that I just barely changed my name and my fourth anniversary is almost upon me! I haven't even changed my name at work and I'm not sure I will. It's funny that I never changed it because I didn't think my name mattered. What's in a name afterall? And yet I've just realized how attached I am to both names. I think I'll live in limbo awhile longer.

Zach and Kelly said...

If it makes you feel any better, it took me a year before I changed my name with social security. My last final name change was with my credit card about six months ago, and I'm coming up on five years married.