Email format: which is more professional


I own a domain which is my first and last name dot com and I was wondering if it is better to have [my first name]@[my domain] or [email protected][my domain]?

Which is more professional? Does having [my first name]@[my domain] seem repetitive or does [email protected][my domain] seem silly?


asked Feb 24 '12 at 06:41
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  • What about [email protected][domain]? – Lukeshek 9 years ago
  • Right, hadn't thought of that. Though I was thinking I would prefer something more personal than contact. I suppose contact is a good option though. – Newguy 9 years ago
  • good is the best option – Bhargav Patel 9 years ago

2 Answers


Some people seem to prefer [email protected] instead of [email protected] (I like that myself).
[email protected] sounds like you plan to stay a one man show forever.
i have seen people using initiales, like john Doe would use [email protected]

this looks good for australia:
[my first name]@[my domain]

But germans are pretty conservative on that: you usually dont speak to somebody with his first name if you dont know him.

You yould also do:
[email protected]

answered Feb 24 '12 at 08:03
3,590 points
  • I'm currently using [email protected][my domain] because it's been used as a personal side so far. I would absolutely love to have [first name]@[last name].com but my last name was totally ripped off by someone else, hahaha. I really like "hello" though, thank you! – Newguy 9 years ago
  • I'm using Google Apps so nothing stops me from having several aliases for my one address which is good. – Newguy 9 years ago


I think it really depends a lot on the image and culture of your business and also on your target customers. Which one do you think your customers would relate to more? That is your answer. If you think they don't care choose whatever you like.

And don't sweat the small stuff. Your startup will not succeed or fail based on your email address. Make a decision, get some feedback and change if necessary.

answered Feb 24 '12 at 20:39
Susan Jones
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