W to A

Growing up my last name was Wolfert. People made fun of it… Wolfart. Wolfat. Wolfy. I mean, really people?
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Anyway. I grew up and got engaged and then married and people were asking if I was going to hyphenate my last name and I was like why? Are you crazy?? I’m going from W to A. Top of the alphabet. First in, first out. No waiting for speeches.  No need to sit through graduation or search for my mailbox at work. We’re one and done.
Really, I wanted to just be one last name and when or if we had kids, we would all have the same last name.
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I went from a name I don’t think anyone else had to a name that I found out, a lot of other people have! I don’t mind though. It’s kind of funny to me because people now assume I speak Spanish or that I am Spanish. I wish I spoke Spanish. I can understand some of it. In reality, I am a whole bunch of basically eastern and central Europe. My mom’s parents are from Czechoslovaki and Poland. My fathers parents are from Germany, England and Ireland. My husband is Dominican which is a whole bunch of things mixed together too. So our kids are a little of a lot.
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*** Not my children***
I decided to change my last name when we got married. Honestly, I couldn’t wait. I think the week we got back from our honeymoon I was in the social security office with my marriage license and other documents.
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I have never really looked back or thought too much about it until past Wednesday night. At work they had a little thing to congratulate the people who have been with the company for 5,10,15,20, 25 years…I was called up in front of work for 5 years in. Oh god, how I wished I were back to W. I get so nervous being in front of people and I was called up 2nd and we had to stand while they called everyone else… It’s not that big of a deal but it did make me think of graduation before I was married and sitting there just waiting for everyone else to go.
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I mean, it’s a personal reason for everyone but this was honestly my thought when I got married. I was not attached to my previous last name at all. I had a friend who didn’t change her last name because her parents had girls and she wanted to carry on the last name. It’s a personal reason for everyone. It just crossed my mind the other day.
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How about you? Did you change your name? Would you change your name?
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9 thoughts on “W to A

  1. Oh my gosh! You are me!

    My last name was not weird but it was at the end of the alphabet (Walton) and associated with a once-popular TV show. I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “Goodnight, John-boy.” from The Waltons TV show. I couldn’t wait to shed that name.

    My husband is at the beginning — Brooks. From near the end to near the beginning. There was never a question about whether I was changing my name. I kept my maiden name as my middle name but I was changing it. I wanted the kids to have the same last name as well.

    I understand your excitement! No more waiting!

  2. I didn’t even think twice about changing my last name! It was weird at first, but I will have my new last name longer than I will have my first one 🙂

  3. I’m sorry that kids were so mean about your last name! I meant to change my name when I got married, but now it’s been a year and I haven’t gotten around to it! 😂🤷‍♀️

  4. Um, I totally get this! My last name starts with a Y, so I was ALWAYS last in line for everything in school. I’d love for one day to get married and have my husband’s last name be higher up in the alphabet. I do love my last name, even though it’s long and hard to pronounce and I always have to tell people how to pronounce it and what origin it is, but it’s unique and it makes me proud to be a part of my family. But in all honesty, I would change my last name in a heartbeat to something more pronounceable and up in the alphabet. I can’t believe you went from a W to an A! You’re living the dream, girl!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

  5. Such an interesting topic! I’m at the age where quite a few friends are beginning to tie the knot and I’m always intrigued to hear whether they will or won’t take their husband-to-be’s name. I’ve heard of some cases of double barrelling and others of even merging the two names to keep an element of both!

  6. Girl I freaking hear you. My last name now starts with a Y. A freaking Y!! I was always last for everything. I mean yeah sometimes it wasnt too bad. But damn in my graduating class it was like 600 kids. And I was 559 lol but now when I get married I get to move up to an H. And I’m super happy lol

  7. When I got married I changed my name. When we divorced I kept it. If I remarried I might change it. Just depends on if I’m famous or not. Lol

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