In our culture, it’s typical for a bride to shed her last name on the day of her wedding. That’s exactly what I did when I got married. I did it without a second thought. But a year or so later, I began to really mourn the loss of my last name. I had no idea how much of it was tied to my own personal identity and how anonymous I felt with my new last name.
As my own friends have debated the dilemma, I realized just how many women struggle with the idea of changing or not changing their last name. How will everyone look at you strangely if you don’t change your name? What will your children do? If you hyphenate your name, will your children be saddled with a long name or will it not even be an issue for them?
I decided to contact as many women as I could to learn more about what choice they made and how it had worked out for them. The results were surprising.
Check out my article here: Should You Keep Your Maiden Name?
Let me know what you think and what you’ve done or plan to do! I’d love to hear your story or ideas.