What's in a Name

Is Taking His For You?

From engraved place cards to printed business cards, your married name is something to consider carefully.
Colin Miller

No doubt about it, the leap into marriage is a game-changer. But should it also be a name-changer?

It's a question that may be harder than ever for a bride to answer.

After a few decades where more and more women held onto their maiden names after marriage, a 2009 study shows that the tide is turning. These days, only 18 percent of newly married ladies are keeping their old name.

Is taking your groom's name for you? Here are the pros and cons:


It symbolizes a new family identity. Many women take their husband's name as a representation of the future family unit they'll build together. Since your children will carry your husband's name anyway (unless you both go the route of sharing a hyphenated last name to create a brand new surname), many brides start off their marriage by taking their husband's name for this reason.

It's easier in the long run. Whether it is a hotel concierge or your great-aunt, over the years, people will be calling you by your husband's surname anyway.

You're not attached to your maiden name. If you feel no special connection to your birth name, your marriage allows you the opportunity to start afresh with a new nomenclature of sorts.

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