Soooo I'm getting married in June and I'm trying to make my decision about changing my name. Let me give you some background as to why I'm needing assistance. May I also add here that I've heard very strong arguments for both sides from family and friends and thought I'd open it up to some unbiased, completely honest responses.
My dad was born with no last name on his birth certificate (because of crazy Nana having children with a married man back in the 50's and 60's). They wrote in his biological last name on school documents and things like that until my Nana married my dad's step-father. So when my dad was 17, because he didn't have a registered last name on his birth certificate, they only had to pay $5 to have his step-father's last name added to it. However, all of his brothers that shared the same biological father (along with all of my now cousins) kept their original last name because it was too expensive to change all the rest. My parents considered changing my last name back to the biological name when I was born, but because I was a girl they decided not to. And go figure now we all wish they had so I could hyphenate and just move on.
My full maiden name is Brittany Vaughn. Since I have no biological ties to that last name, I've always wanted to change it once I got married. My fiancé's last name is Spears. Thus making me Brittany Spears come June.
Now I'm all for living the celebrity doppleganger life; my only concern is applying for future jobs or major things like mortgages or things where they may think it's a joke and not take me seriously. However, Brittany Vaughn-Spears is a mouthful for a teacher and it sounds more like a German impersonator version of Brittany Spears, so I still don't like it.
I've considered changing to the old last name my dad grew up with and then hyphenating with Spears, but is that even possible?? Should I just rock my new celebrity name? What suggestions do you have? Y'all are the best!!