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Changing Your Name

The Question No One Asks My Husband

Brita Long | Posted 05.29.2015 | Weddings
Brita Long

You are asking me a question that you would never ask my husband. That's practically the textbook-definition of sexism.

These Women Kept Their Maiden Names And This Was The Reaction

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Weddings

Following the marriage proposal, brides-to-be are inevitably asked this polarizing question: Are you changing your name? For some, the answer is a...

Why I'm Not Changing My Last Name For Marriage

Reflective Bride | Posted 06.18.2014 | Weddings
Reflective Bride

To me, as it would be for many other people, my name is my identity. If someone asks you "who are you?" the answer that you give is your first and last name. For me, my name is who I am.

What's in a (His) Name?

Renee Strauss | Posted 06.08.2014 | Weddings
Renee Strauss

When I married my second husband--the love of my life--I did not want to change my name, so I kept Strauss. (Deep down I know he would love it if I changed my last name to his, though.)

Would You Take Your Spouse's Last Name If You Married Again?

Posted 07.22.2013 | Divorce

If you were to marry, would you take your spouse's name? It's a highly personal question that, for many women, has relevance long after they say "...

Changing Your Name... And I wanted to Do This Why?

Eva Moon | Posted 09.09.2013 | Weddings
Eva Moon

I didn't change my name when I got married 32 years ago, so it felt slightly silly to change it now. But I'm old enough to vote, drive, get a tattoo. Hell, I'm old enough to join AARP. I think I'm old enough to decide what my name is.

WATCH: Vanessa Lachey Reveals Why She Changed Her Name

Posted 06.20.2013 | Weddings

Vanessa Lachey, formerly Minnillo, raised a few eyebrows when she took husband Nick Lachey's last name after marrying him in 2011. On Wednesday, the "...

Surprising Name-Change Law Upheld

Posted 05.31.2013 | Weddings

While the debate on the merits of changing your last name after marriage rages in the U.S., a Japanese court has taken a serious stand on the issue. ...

The Surprising Number Of Women Who Take Their Husbands' Last Names

Posted 05.16.2013 | Weddings

Recent studies have shown that the number of women taking their husbands' last name after marriage is on the rise. A new survey of Facebook users hint...

Why I Refuse To Take My Husband's Last Name

Maude Standish | Posted 07.01.2013 | Weddings
Maude Standish

I'm not married yet -- that's just a few short months down the line -- but I've already made up my mind.

The Effects of Changing Your Name

Layla Revis | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Layla Revis

Why are some people eager to change their names, while others, like myself, are keen to hold onto who we are? It's difficult to say.

Why My Wife And I Changed Our Last Names After Marriage

Jonathan Jackson | Posted 05.11.2013 | Weddings
Jonathan Jackson

Not everyone in his life was supportive.

The Biggest Question Brides Have To Answer

Claudia Maittlen-Harris | Posted 08.09.2013 | Weddings
Claudia Maittlen-Harris

Once I reached 30, I was convinced I would never take another's name. I'd had this name too long, and after this many years, I've learned to love it. I know who I am with this name; I don't know a new-named version of myself.

LOOK: Best Last Name Fails From HuffPost Readers

Posted 12.19.2012 | Weddings

On Tuesday, we brought you a hilarious wedding announcement featuring an unfortunate last name combination. We thought it was pretty funny -- then you...

LOOK: Couple's Last Names Spell Disaster

Posted 12.19.2012 | Weddings

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in nine states, more gay and lesbian couples are tying the knot and announcing their nuptials in local newspapers ...

What's in a Name?

Ramona Duoba | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty
Ramona Duoba

I always hated my name, and I often wondered what it would be like to have a name other than my own.

6 Annoying Things To Do After You've Changed Your Name

Women & Co | Posted 12.15.2012 | Weddings
Women & Co

If you change your last name in any way, you're going to have some hoops to jump through in the workplace to establish your new identity.

What You Might Not Know About Changing Your Name

Danielle Tate | Posted 06.11.2012 | Weddings
Danielle Tate

Whether bride or groom, changing your name is certainly not mandatory by any means, but it is an important topic to discuss with your spouse.

Why I Couldn't Wait To Change My Last Name

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 05.14.2012 | Weddings
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

So, when it comes to changing your name, do what's best for you and your spouse -- if you don't want to take his name, he can take yours or you can start over. What have you done about changing your names?

6 Things Not To Say To Women Who Keep Their Maiden Names

Meredith Bodgas | Posted 02.07.2013 | Weddings
Meredith Bodgas

Everyone has their own reasons for changing or keeping their original surnames, and to judge them for or make assumptions about a choice that has no bearing on your day-to-day is pretty pointless.

What Happens When A Hyphen Marries A Hyphen?

Barbara Risman | Posted 03.21.2012 | Weddings
Barbara Risman

My generation came along, and about a quarter of us chose to keep our own names and do something creative for our children: hyphenate, or string names together, or create new ones.

Is This The Toughest Marriage Decision Of Them All?

Ariel Meadow Stallings | Posted 12.10.2011 | Weddings
Ariel Meadow Stallings

During the process of researching my book, I spoke with more than 50 brides. The issue that got everyone the most riled up was the debate over last names. Despite all the months of cordial discussions over the nuances of indie wedding planning, the debate over last names quickly became heated.

Katherine Bindley

Taking His Or Keeping Yours: The Great Name Change Debate | Katherine Bindley | Posted 10.15.2011 | Women

If there's a group of women with a notable last name right now, it would have to be the Kardashians. But the fame attached to that name isn't keeping ...

What's in a Name?

Caroline Donaldson-Sinclair | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Caroline Donaldson-Sinclair

Does this mean Rupert Murdoch has established himself as an entity in his own right, whilst James gets his somewhat loaded descriptor to highlight the dubious levels of nepotism still raging at News International and the question of how long investors may continue to tolerate his shielding by Big Daddy?