Lovely Advice: Handling the Email Name Change {If You Change Your Name}

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Hi! Happy Thursday! I’m counting down the minutes to Kali & Duncan’s wedding this weekend, but wanted to give you the quickest piece of advice today before I sign off.

For those of you who are planning on changing your name (some of you may have already done this), you are probably dreading the email change, because you’ve had the same email for years, everyone knows that one, and you don’t want to lose all the contacts associated with it, right?

Well, you don’t necessarily have to change your email address! What I did was change my name on my personal email, but I didn’t replace my old email with my new name. Sound confusing? Here’s what you have to do:


  1. when in your email, click “options” in the top right corner (looks like a circle) and then select “mail settings”
  2. select the “accounts and import” tab
  3. find the “send mail as” section and click edit
  4. change your name to your married name (or whatever you want it to show up as). Your emails will now show up as “Jane Smith” but your email might still read “janedoe@gmail”.


  1. when in your email, click “options” in the top right corner and then select “mail options”
  2. select “account information” all the way at the bottom
  3. re-enter your password
  4. select “update your contact information”
  5. change your name to your preference

Now whenever you send an email, your new name will show up in the “From” field, but your old email address will remain the same. It gets the point across without having to start all over with a new email :) Easy, right!

Now while I think this is helpful for personal accounts, for business reasons, if you think your new name would make more sense for the long run, lovely reader Allison brought up a good point, saying “What do you do: on your resume, with new people you meet, in 35 years when you’ve had your new name longer than your old name.” Here’s her approach to switching your email in gmail:

  1. Set up a new gmail account for jane.smith@gmail.com
  2. In your old email (i.e., jane.doe@gmail.com) go into accounts and settings and click on “Forwarding and POP/IMAP”
  3. Click on “add a forwarding address” and add your new address.  Go through the steps (i.e., verifying address, and setting it up).  I like to forward a copy to the new address and archive. (I haven’t done this in a few years, there is an option somewhere to forward ALL your email to your new address, do this so all your archives will be in your new account).
  4. Start sending your email from your new email address, with your new name that matches your new email!  Make sure the “reply-to” field is always your new address.  People’s contact lists will sort of organically update themselves over time!
Thanks Allison!
  • Jessica@TWB says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    I did the same exact thing, as most of my friends did, in Gmail. Starting from scratch is just too impractical these days.

  • libby says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    I did that, too. But then I created a new email and forwarded my old account, that way I don’t miss anyting, even the junk mail.

  • Caitlin says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    I ended up changing my email completely after my account with my maiden name was hacked. PS That is quite possibly the cutest quilt ever!!!

  • jillian says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    goood to know! im bookmarking this post for next year! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  • Sarah - Dodeline Design says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    Great point! I think I might still start forwarding it. Although I pretty much don’t use a personal email…I’ll just have my business one since I own the business :-)

  • Jenny ~ SOSN says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    Great tip!

  • melissa blake says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    Wow, can I just say how awesome that quilt is?

  • erin * sparkle + hay says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    that is the CUTEST quilt!!!

  • LaTache says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    changing my name and everything that i have associated with my gmail account was the most stressful thing ever! i think i ended up with gray hair! ha!

    thanks for this!! i hope that brides to be find this and use it!! great post!

  • Chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day says on October 13, 2011 Reply

    That’s what I did! The problem is when I tell new people my email, it is still my old last name, so sometimes it confuses people. But it was easier and more convenient!

  • Dancy says on October 14, 2011 Reply

    I changed my whole email address & just FWD’d things from the old one to the new one. Also, I totally think you should have a quilt like that when you & Pat have kids. ;) LOL

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