Email naming standards, your opinion/experience

Basically I've been doing some searching on what is the "norm" for someones email name, for example [email protected].

On the whole it seems this is the most used naming convention, however my name is Ron (not Ronald), but I am never called Ron, its always Ronny. Now on work or official documents its always Ron and when asked to fill my name in on a form I always use Ron, however a friend has suggested that for my personal email I should use Ronny as that's how I'm known.

So I'm looking for opinions, should I use Ronny or Ron for my personal email, anybody else in a similar situation?
 

fizl

Well-known Member
I'd personally use the name you write down on docs etc. Most people call me Shaz, but I wouldn't have thought to use that in my mail address, I use the name I write on forms etc
 

MikeP1

Novice Member
I don't see an issue using your preferred name for your personal email. Where I work we actually get to give a preferred name which is used for email & company directory. So my email is Mike but my given name is Michael.
 

logiciel

Moderator
Are you referring to an email address for business purposes, for use at work?
I have several for different purposes, and for the equivalent to that it's my initials and last name.
There's another with my first name for friends, another with a nickname for closer friends.
Those are on my ISP's e-mail service, and I also have one for my own web site, and one for hotmail.
 

dc8900

Distinguished Member
I say anything goes for a personal address for a work/business address use your full name: Ellen_Cohen etc or Rodgers.James etc
 
I'm more talking a personal email, for emailing friends, signing up to places like Facebook etc.

Because my last names Smith its always been near on impossible to get [email protected] on anything like G mail, Hotmail etc. My work email is like that but we are not supposed to use those for personal mail. A have a friend called John, he's known as Johnny and he uses that name for work and everything, although maybe Johnny is a bit more professional sounding.
 

tvbox

Distinguished Member
How about 'just your initials'@email.com

as in [email protected]
Great idea, but some email services have a minimum number of characters for the username.

What about, to stop confusion, "[email protected]"

And for the name and surname parts that are visible in others' inboxes, R as first name, and your surname.
 

dc8900

Distinguished Member
tvbox said:
Great idea, but some email services have a minimum number of characters for the username.

What about, to stop confusion, "[email protected]"

And for the name and surname parts that are visible in others' inboxes, R as first name, and your surname.
You could then do [email protected] etc to make up the character minimum?
 
At the moment my personal email is [email protected], I'm moving my email to a new Outlook account, I was discussing it at work that's how the whole subject came to light.

As the general consensus is that using "Ronny" as its the name I'm known by most is fine I think I'll go with that, I'm a bit anal about usernames, email names etc. I think.
 

njdbaxter

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At the moment my personal email is [email protected], I'm moving my email to a new Outlook account, I was discussing it at work that's how the whole subject came to light.

As the general consensus is that using "Ronny" as its the name I'm known by most is fine I think I'll go with that, I'm a bit anal about usernames, email names etc. I think.
just use the same as before

if its a hotmail account u dont need to change it to @outlook.com

a lot of websites actually have your email address as the login, do u really want to have to change them all too or be forced to create new accounts
 
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pandemic

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Preferred name is commonly used for email these days, I know of quite a few people who use them at large multinationals.

Here's a question though, I recently managed to get a hold of a web domain with my forename; it's a .co.uk. But I'm not sure what to use for my address, I don't want to use my name as it's in the domain. Currently, it's set to [email protected]<myname>.co.uk. Is that what you'd expect or should the 'me' be replaced with something else?

Thanks
 

enigma1701

Well-known Member
I don't mean to sound cheeky but if your using hotmail/gmail/outlook I'd guess 9 out of 10 times it doesn't matter if you try Ron, Ronny, Rodney etc someone else already had it!

My solution would be buy a domain you like, e.g smith.com and have anything sent to it be the email address so [email protected] or [email protected]

But in answer to what name to use, does it matter??? I'm Chris and sometimes I'll write down Chris other times Christopher or if I feel like being American for the day kris! Oh and some people call me chrissy which isn't that bad, I've been called worse! :)

So all in all in my view I'm not sure it matters one bit :)

Pand, why not use that idea so anything sent to your domain goes to you? I own the dotcom of my full name, I don't even know why but when I get around to using it, me or Chris or bad words that my friends would use would all arrive!
 
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sophies hero

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I think this is possibly the single most pointless thread i have ever stumbled across. Why on earth do you need help choosing your own email? If you'd like to post a picture of all your socks im sure someone could help you choose a pair of them for work also in case your struggling to make the crucial choice. Black or grey big decisions! ;-)
 
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Sniper Ash6

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If you can't decide, get both and chuck a forwarder on one to the other. Then you only use one but can give either out.
 
I think this is possibly the single most pointless thread i have ever stumbled across. Why on earth do you need help choosing your own email? If you'd like to post a picture of all your socks im sure someone could help you choose a pair of them for work also in case your struggling to make the crucial choice. Black or grey big decisions! ;-)
...really? Asking for opinions and other peoples experiences, ideas, on a message board? You need to do some more stumbling my friend if this is the most pointless thread you've found.
 

sophies hero

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BadnikBlaster said:
...really? Asking for opinions and other peoples experiences, ideas, on a message board? You need to do some more stumbling my friend if this is the most pointless thread you've found.
I can see your point but your asking for advice from people on a matter only you can deal with. How on earth would someone know what email is best for you. When u decide on an email u give it to people and they use that to contact you its not a case of someone guessing what it is. "I wonder if my mate dave's email is [email protected]" regardless of how u want to be known thats what you will hand out. Where's the debate??
 
I can see your point but your asking for advice from people on a matter only you can deal with. How on earth would someone know what email is best for you. When u decide on an email u give it to people and they use that to contact you its not a case of someone guessing what it is. "I wonder if my mate dave's email is [email protected]" regardless of how u want to be known thats what you will hand out. Where's the debate??
I think it comes down to how much you email, I email a lot both for work and family, friends etc. So using an email that is easy to distinguish as me is important, thus the original question, what would you choose as your name, what do you use.

Don't get me wrong this is bordering on the sort of thing JamFish would ask I know, but it seemed like a good place too get some opinions and maybe some alternatives, I hadn't thought of getting my own domain for example.
 

sophies hero

Active Member
With regards to your own domain yes thats a good idea to personalise it but again regardless of who or why you email it doesnt matter. People will only send mail to whatever u ask them to or send from. Anyway i wasnt trying to be a spoil sport and ruin your thread. My views on why your asking for help are not important anyway so apologies for sounding like im just looking to argue for the sake of it. All the best with your OP and i hope you come up with an answer your happy with.
 

liamt

Member
When you have your own domain you should be able to setup aliases so in my case;

My main email is: [email protected]
But [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] (you get the idea) all receive mail in the first email address.

I've never been keep on first name basis domain name spaces, but yes I would set up one address (I.e. the one you use for outgoing mail) and then have aliases.
+1

just stick some aliases in if you like. we all have [email protected] as an alias as its only a small company we all use [email protected] here.

avoid underscore (_) as 50% of people dont know what they are ;) and they look weird as underlined links as the underscore gets hidden.

im lucky in that apparently only 2 people in the world have my name (not including middle name) if i go on facebook and the other one is a lardy teenage american.
 

enigma1701

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We used to use [email protected] for our work addresses, they got some company to run it and we all ended up with [email protected] or [email protected] - in the end I couldn't cope with it and set it to forward all the mail onto gmail and I hand out the gmail address now.

I do wonder what goes on in the minds of people in charge!
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
does it really matter what your e-mail address is for personal email?
 

Singh400

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I got extremely lucky with all my emails and perfect for both personal and professional use. So I have no worries about using them in either circumstances.
 

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