What IS the convention on hyphenated names and email addresses? Does it matter if you have a long, unwieldy email address? We’ve talked about how to choose a last name (as well as name change after divorce), but never about email addresses and names, and Reader E wonders…
I was wondering if you have any advice on professional email addresses for people with hyphenated last names.
My law firm used to have a convention of using three initials (first, middle, last) for everyone’s email addresses. Last week, the firm announced a new email convention of first initial, full last name. We can have more than one active email address.
The three initials created a problem for me because I never use my middle name, and everyone assumed my email address was first initial, first last initial, second last initial. Now, if I follow the new convention, my email address will be a messy 13 letters long, and there’s the additional question of whether to use a hyphen. I assume a hyphen would look even worse because there will not be any separation between my first initial and first last name.
I want to ask IT for a completely new email address. Is there a convention for people with hyphenated last names? Any tips?
I’m curious to hear from the readers here — what have you and your friends done? (Pictured: iprostocks/Shutterstock.) I do have a few thoughts… for the purposes of discussion, let’s say her name is Jane (Marie) Smith-Doe: [Read more…]