Q. I recently got married and am planning on changing my last name to my husbands. I wonder, what is the proper etiquette in communicating my name change to my colleagues? Am I suppose to send out an email to my colleagues overseas about my name change? Do I tell them I got married? I don’t know these people well only via email. I cant seem to find the answer to my question anywhere. Please help! A sketch of an email would be very helpful.
A. The best way to communicate your name change is to communicate using your first, maiden and married name –
Jane Smith Doe, for a period of time, even up to a year. People will then learn to recognize your name and eventually you can drop the Smith and just be Jane Doe. This way you don’t have to alert business acquaintances with a formal communication. Of course you may notify them and simply change your name now, if you prefer. You would write:
I have recently married and wanted to let you know that I have changed my last name to Doe so that when you next hear from me as Jane Doe you will know it is still me.