(Closed) Hypenating Last Name After Marriage Debate!

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m a big fan of hyphenating when both do it — you change, he changes. 

I kept my name — didn’t have to do a thing.  No regrets.

Post # 4
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You can call yourself whatever you want. The name that you use professionally or socially doesn’t need to have any connection with your legal name. Having an un-hyphenated legal name is probably a good idea from a logistical standpoint, because having a hyphen makes filling out forms and finding your records more difficult.

Post # 5
Hostess
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think you could go either way unless you’re planning on having kids together. You should think about it now – if you have kids, what will their last name be? Is it important to you that your (or his) last name is the same? 

Post # 6
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5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think I am going to legally take his last name, but hyphenate professionally. I have publications under my maiden name so I don’t want to totally lose that for work purposes, but I don’t like my maiden name and I want to have the same last name as my husband and children. Win win!

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