Since the day I realized I was going to marry Scott Special, I was excited to have his last name. It's interesting, original, and - yes - special. There is no denying - I'm excited to be Kate Special.
But, there's a part of me that feels strange about throwing away the "Kate Maloney" name. I've been this name for almost 27 years. I earned my degree with this name, started work with this name, earned my reputation with this name. I only share this name with two relatives - my brothers Matt and Joe. I very much AM my name.
The thing is, I grew up in a family of mutiple last names, so in a way, I am very used to names not signifying a family. My mom had my last name until I was twelve, and then she was somewhat hyphenated. My dad and two of my brothers have a different last name. We have dozens of names in my extended family.
I've always felt that I was a "Rank" even though that's never been my name, so I guess that brings me some comfort about dropping the M in KJM - I'll always be a Maloney, no matter what name I sign.