I got married on Tuesday, and I kept my birth name. I didn't add/hyphenate, and I'm not on the fence about anything: I won't be doing that in the future. Since I returned to work on Wednesday, though, I've had a heck of a time getting people to not be confused about my name, students and colleagues alike. While I anticipated that some students might be a bit confused on me keeping my name, and I have no problem clarifying my decision, I have a couple of problems in particular with students. The first, which I think I need to address immediately, is that the students know my husband's last name, and some (particularly male 8th graders with lower maturity levels) have become quite insistent about calling me "Mrs. [Husband's-Name]"; they seem to think it's a cute/funny joke. If it had happened once and stopped, I wouldn't be too worried, but it's happened repeatedly over the course of the past two days, and whether they realize it or not, it's not a joke anymore; it's disrespectful. So obviously that needs to be addressed tomorrow. My other issue/worry, though, is that explaining my choice to keep my name could very easily become political, and I don't want to seem like I'm pushing any kind of agenda by explaining it. (I also don't want to imply that women who did change their names, like many/most of their mothers, have made a "wrong" choice.) Any thoughts on how to address this clearly, firmly, and diplomatically would be appreciated. Tactfully clarifying my name/choice with colleagues is something I didn't realize would be a thing until it was. I explained to one colleague that my name was the same/didn't change both yesterday morning and this morning. I don't think there was anything ambiguous about what I said, other than that I declined to get into any specific reasons for why I'm keeping my name. However, this afternoon, she made a comment (in front of students), that the name I'm "going to have" (like I'm planning on adding it later or something?) is "very cool". I immediately clarified that my name has not changed and will not be changing at all, but it just seems to keep going over people's heads. With quite a few colleagues, actually, I've had conversations that have gone like this: "So what should we call you now?" / "Oh, Ms. [Lastname]. It's still the same as before." / "No, I mean, what's your name now that you're married?" - Even after repeating that I kept my name, I have the impression that some people don't get it; they think I'm not understanding them, or something. Others have tried to "suggest" that I make my "maiden" name a middle name or almost outright told me to hyphenate. I'd really like a way to shut this down as tactfully as possible (as well as to eliminate any remaining confusion about what my name currently is). Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!