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Changing Last Name After Marriage

What's Your Take on Changing Last Names After You Marry?

Changing your last name after marriage is such a hot topic and it seems like lots of people have differing opinions on the issue — there is no hard fast rule on the name game. It seems like it just boils down to beliefs and preferences. Some think that the traditional route of taking on a husband's last name is the best option, while others want to keep their maiden name because they prefer their last name and don't want to deal with the hassle of the name change process. Given the whole list of options on new last names, such as mashups and hyphenated surnames, it seems like there is something for everyone. What your take on changing last names after marriage?

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HelloAnia HelloAnia 5 years
I think it's a pretty antiquated tradition to take your husband's last name automatically when getting married and my biggest turn-off is when people address women by their husband's full name like "Mrs. and Mr. John Smith." Eeek, it's like the woman's identity is her husband's.
poissondujour poissondujour 5 years
Yeah- any guy that was dogmatic about it and said "because that's how it is" would be the exact wrong one for me!
amber512 amber512 5 years
I'm glad that my husband wasn't old-fashioned about it. He was totally cool with whatever I wanted to do. It probably helps that his mother never took his father's last name, so the idea wasn't weird to him.
katie225 katie225 5 years
my boyfriend has a strange last name, and tends to be old-fashioned about it. some men are! he sees a wife taking her husband's last name a sign of unity, family, and respect for old traditions. when i jokingly said i wouldn't take his last name because it's strange and mine is common, he said "then find someone else to marry you." i think the moral of the story is: talk to your future husband, and be flexible if he is not. sometimes there are other reasons (his is the loss of his father when he was very young).
poissondujour poissondujour 5 years
Um, why isn't it a choice for him to take your last name on the poll? None of the above, I guess.
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