Forms of Address: If a person has a title, use it correctly. They will be more interested in what you have to say.

How to Write Your Name
Your Signature

How to Present My Name – In Print?

How should my name appear on my checks ‘Dr. Cynthia Brodart’ or ‘Cynthia Brodart, D.V.M.’ ?
—-—-—-– Cynthia Brodart  your signature

How do I list my name on an invitation? As ‘Kevin Millard, M.D.’ or ‘Dr. Kevin Millard’?
—-—-—-– K.M. How to Write Your Name           Your Signature

Dear Doctors: How to Write Your Name       Your Signature

—-#1) For official correspondence the official form of your name includes the post-nominals for your degree:
—-—-(Full Name), (Post nominals for your degree)
——-——Cynthia Brodart, D.V.M.
————-John Smith, C.P.A.
————-John Smith, Ph.D.
————-John Smith, RN.
——-——Kevin Millard, M.D.

Use this on checks, signage at our office, in professional listings – anything relating to your professional practice. This is also the form others use when they write to you at the office or write your name when they make out a check to you.

—-#2) The social form of your name used on social correspondence – e.g., when you are listed as the host, bride or groom on a wedding invitation or others use when they send you a personal card – is:
—-—-Dr. (Full Name)
——-—-Dr. Cynthia Brodart
——-—-Dr. Kevin Millard
——-—-Mr. John Smith

– Robert Hickey How to Write Your Name     Your Signature

How Do I Sign My Name as an Official?

I am the mayor of our town and I would like to send out holiday cards to my neighbors as well as some constituents. How do I sign my own name as mayor?
——————– JML How to Write Your Name     Your Signature

Dear JML,
Most of my book is just how to address this or that official, but I have chapters on the rules too, and one rule is that one never gives oneself an honorific or title when presenting one’s name. I never sign my name as Mr. Robert Hickey. I just sign it Robert Hickey.

Others address me as Mr. Robert Hickey or Mr. Hickey – but I never use Mr. with my own name.

—-Same for you as a official:
—-—-Don’t use the Honorable with your own name
—-—-Don’t give yourself a title or a rank, e.g.,  Mayor, Judge, 

—-Signing a card it just your signature — you just sign your name:
—-—-(First Name)+(Last Name).

See below how some people have signed their names.

– Robert Hickey   How to Write Your Name     Your Signature

Forms of Address: How a conversation begins can have a huge impact on how the conversation - even the entire relationship - develops.

What Do I Include My Degree in My Signature?

When I sign a guest book at a wedding, do I sign it as:
—-Dr. Frank Anderson
—-Frank Anderson, M.D.
——–or just your signature
—-
Frank Anderson?
—-—-—-—-—- – F.A. Your Signature

Dear F.A.
When you sign your name, on a letter or guest book –  just sign your name. No honorific or rank before it. No post-nominal abbreviations after it. Those are part of the official form of your name — but not your signature. Your ranks, degrees and honors might be typed on a document for you to sign over when the situation demands it. your signature

But when you take pen in hand … it’s just your name. That’s all.

Which version of your name – formal name, go-by name / nick name – that’s up to you and will depend on the what’s appropriate.  See below for how others have signed their names.

— Robert Hickey How to Write Your Name     Your Signature

–_-Social Forms of Address:
—-—-Boy, Girl, Child
—-—-Couples: Military
——–Couples: Private Citizens

——–Couples: U.S. Officials
——–
Couple, Same Sex
——–Family
—-—-First Names
—-—-Man or Woman, Social
——–Woman, Married
—-
—-Miss
—-—-Mrs. vs. Ms.
—-—-Retiree
—-—-Spouse of an Official
—-—-Widow

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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