I’m traveling next week and reached out to a gentleman in the area I’m visiting. We’re going to meet for a drink, but now I’m wondering the best way to ask for his last name. We have not exchanged cell phone numbers yet and have only emailed a couple of rounds on JDate. Is there a courteous way to ask him for his last name without sounding awkward?
Thanks so much,
-What’s in a Name?
Dear What’s in a Name,
I’m honestly surprised at your question. You’re willing to meet a stranger in person, but you’re reluctant to ask him for his last name?
I don’t get it. Why is asking for a person’s last name awkward in any way? Introducing yourself with your first and last name is an accepted practice, unless you don’t trust the person you’re speaking to. If that’s the case, then I would strongly recommend not meeting him in person.
You see what I’m saying? Just ask the guy what his last name is! It’s really not a big deal. If he refuses to provide it, then you’ve got something to worry about.
Once you have his last name (I assume you already have his real first name) I would type it right into Google and do some research just to make sure you’re making the right choice by meeting him. I’m sure he’ll Google you too. Nothing wrong with that.
Are we clear? Do your homework and stay safe.