Changing Your Name After Marriage – Right Or Wrong?

Usually my blog has a 7 theme running through it, but today I thought I would break away from this and share something different with you.

At the weekend I met up with some of my girl friends for lunch. During lunch, my friend Amanda, who is getting married later this year, casually remarked that she has decided to break from tradition, and will not be taking her husband’s name after they are married. She will continue to use the name she inherited at birth.

So Why On Earth Has She Decided To Keep Her Own Name?

Of course, the rest of us were curious to know why she had made this decision. She assured us it’s not anything to do with feminism or sexism, but as she teaches young children, keeping her own name will be easier.

Here’s Why My Friend Is Keeping Her Birth Name After She Gets Married

And she will avoid the hassle of changing her name on her passport, driving license, and her bank account. She also feels that carrying on the family name is important, not only to her parents, but to her ancestors and that taking your husband’s name is almost like losing your identity (try telling that to your mother-in-law).

So, all you brides-to-be out there, how do you feel about this? Are you going to take your new husband’s name, or are you planning to stick with your own name? And what about any children you may have together in the future – whose name will they take?

I suppose there are other options – such as using both names and having a double-barrelled hyphenated surname. Bit much for the kids to cope with though.

I must admit I didn’t even give this name thing a thought when I got married last year, but if I was to be completely honest,  I think I would have to say I do miss my name – after all I’d had it for a long time.

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