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Should You Keep Your Ex's Last Name After Divorce -- Or Ditch It?

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.28.2016 | Divorce

If you took your spouse's last name when you married, deciding on whether or not you'll keep it after divorce is a difficult, highly personal decisio...

Why Changing My Name Back Was The Most Exciting Part Of Divorce

The Telegraph | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.19.2016 | Divorce

When I got married I gave up my maiden name with abandon. Despite identifying as a feminist, I delighted in the tradition of having the same surname ...

Killing Woodrow Wilson: The Battle of Princeton

James D. Zirin | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
James D. Zirin

The country, as well as Princeton, has moved on from Wilson's bigotry as it has from Lowell's. But the institutions they led, now stronger and hopefully more enlightened, must take pride in and embrace their ever developing history, "warts and all," not erase it.

Transgender Teen Left 'Speechless' After Mom's Big Surprise

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

After months of waiting, a transgender teen’s request to legally change her name was finally approved. To celebrate the big moment, her mom orga...

Call Me Harvey

Harvey Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Harvey Katz

When somebody announces "I am..." it is a bold statement. It's not a question and it's not a request. We may not get to declare it while looking stunning on a cover of a magazine, but still it deserves a listen. So open your ears and your heart, and when you open your mouth, do so with an open mind.

Catherine Pearson

Why Men Don't Take Their Wives' Names, According To Some Who Did | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women

In the lead up to his June nuptials, Joshua Walker had his hands full with the usual pre-wedding logistics -- meeting with the DJ and helping ...

Student Changes His Name Because It's Cheaper Than Changing Flight Booking

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Travel

We all know that booking a flight is a constant tactical battle with airlines. But no passenger has won (or lost?) the booking war as heroically as...

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.

Sophia Jones

Worried Their Names Can Be A Death Sentence, Some Iraqis Look To Change Them | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

BAGHDAD -- Ever since he was a boy, Sufyan dreamed of the day he would pass down his name to a son of his own. When the big day came in the summer ...

Should You Change Your Name After Marriage -- And Again After Divorce?

Nell Kathleen Gibbon | Posted 05.26.2015 | Divorce
Nell Kathleen Gibbon

Giving up my name felt akin to giving up a room of my own, something Virginia Woolf had taught me not to do. But my sense of tradition and my need to please turned on Virginia Woolf that day. I walked out as Nell Kathleen Gibbon.

WATCH: Ellen Makes Facebook Apologize To The Drag Community... One Queen At A Time

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ellen took a few minutes out of her show yesterday to personally hold Facebook accountable for the turmoil it has put the drag community through durin...

Why It Was Worth Every Last Penny To Get My Maiden Name Back Post-Split

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 12.07.2014 | Divorce
Karen Ann Kennedy

Getting married didn't only result in a name change, it resulted in a change of my entire identity. I was now a wife. I was part of a couple. I became a 'Mrs.' -- a spouse. And then when I got divorced, I became a statistic.

Metamorphosis Into Marriage

Maria Senise | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

It's almost here -- my wedding day. I have been more than ready to marry my fiance for quite some time; he's the most amazing man on the planet, and I...

Support Bestselling Author Michael Hyatt by Urging the National Speakers Association To Rethink Its Name Change

Connie Bennett | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Connie Bennett

In the wake of the National Speakers Association announcement at its annual convention a few days ago that it was renaming the organization "Platform,...

Why Do Strange Names Keep Popping Up in My Facebook Feed?

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 06.29.2014 | Women
Lila Nordstrom

It hasn't been scientifically proven, but for the record, age 28 is the year that your Facebook newsfeed turns into an unfamiliar landscape -- and it's not that you get too old to fully understand what the "kids" are doing or stop catching the latest pop culture references.

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.

How I Got The Name Whoopi Goldberg (VIDEO)

Posted 03.10.2014 | Home

When it comes to the story behind her name, Whoopi Goldberg has quite an entertaining explanation. Whoopi’s given birth name is Karen Johnson. Ho...

QUIZ: Should You Change Your Name After Marriage?

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 02.25.2014 | Weddings

Should you keep your last name after getting married or change it? The question is more complicated than you think -- especially when considering all ...

What's in a Name?

Laura Leigh Abby | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Laura Leigh Abby

Sam and I needed to find out how to change our names. The tedious process had nothing at all to do with gay marriage. Had either one of us chosen to take the other's last name, the process would have been easy.

Name Change: Is It Really as Hard as You Think?

Juliet Owen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Juliet Owen

I have heard the excuse, "I don't have a job right now," or, "They will call me a freak or something." Many times I have heard this cry from the trans community. There are some states that will make it a headache for you to get this done, but it all boils down to how badly you want it.

An Open Letter to Kylie (formerly known as Keisha) Austin

Chevonne Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

Hello Kylie, while I understand your rationalization to change your name from Keisha to Kylie, I must say I was quite saddened by your final decision.

Magistrate's Messiah Complex

Neal Wooten | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Neal Wooten

I've always been concerned about judges and magistrates having too much power, making way too many decisions based not on law or precedence, but on their own personal or religious beliefs.

Why I Regret Taking My Ex's Last Name

Posted 07.21.2013 | Divorce

By Mandy Walker for I consider myself a feminist. And yet, I took my husband's name when I got married over twenty years ago. Lookin...

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.

Why I'm Glad I Took My Husband's Last Name

Halley Knigge | Posted 08.25.2013 | Weddings
Halley Knigge

When I say I was never the kind of girl to take my husband's name, I'm not kidding. I never gave the subject a great deal of thought, but knew it wasn't in the plans for me.