It is well-studied that a last-name starting with $a$ has a positive impact on research career:


So I decided to change my last name upon marriage. Will there be any unknown negative consequence for this practice?

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    One consequence is that you won't know whether your accomplishments are gained legitimately or only gifted to you by virtue of your A name.
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Dec 5, 2023 at 19:11
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    I think it makes sense. Commented Dec 5, 2023 at 19:17
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    Do you already have significant accomplishments in a CV?
    – Buffy
    Commented Dec 5, 2023 at 19:25
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    We have a lot of existing Q&A on name changes, for a variety of reasons; I think you'll find all the possible pitfalls and suggestions to work around them on those other questions, making this one somewhat redundant. I collected a few as duplicates but you can also simply search "name change" and find many more.
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Dec 5, 2023 at 20:12


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