Name Change – I am AGONIZING over this

posted 7 months ago in Names
Post # 2
930 posts
Busy bee

What a great thing to bring up. I feel its not talked about a lot on here. 

I feel I would have the same problem. 🙁 
I love my last name, it’s spaniard and flows with my name,but my SO would prbably appreciate me taking his last name. His last name doesnt flow with my name, but i would consider it. 

Either way, id like our Future children to have a last name that my FH and I share.

Its tricky if youre hardcore feminist, but also into tradition. I feel im also for women equality, and tradition to an extent. I dont think the last name thing is too big of a deal though.

If you dont want to add it wihtout a hypehn to your maiden name.

If not, maybe consider what means most, if by taking on your FH last name you dont take offense or feel lie youre being subservient to a norm, then id go wiht taking on his last name. For the sake of unity and your kids as well.


Post # 3
855 posts
Busy bee

justforkeeps :  I love my last name, and its really long. I’m still hyphenating. My entire name will be 27 letters after marriage. I see so many people using both their maiden and married last names on social media, it seems normal to me now to have both. My fiancé is a Jr, so I jokingly add “Jr” at the end of my name when our friends and family ask me about the name change. I love the shocked reactions. 😊

Post # 4
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Isn’t feminism about having a choice? If you choose to take his last name because you like the tradition, then do it. Don’t not do it because you don’t want people to question how big of a feminist you truly are.

If I were you I’d probably just add his last name, hyphenating can be annoying but I know people who hyphenate but don’t always sign both, or use one professionally, the other socially. It’s just legal documents that will have to have all of the names on, which shouldn’t be THAT annoying.

Post # 5
272 posts
Helper bee

Have you considered double barreling?  My full legal name is first middle   Maiden  married.  No hyphen,  basically 2 last names.  I pick and choose when I want to use which, and honestly never had any issues in the years since I have double barreled. 

Post # 6
1121 posts
Bumble bee

I would probably take his last name, keep my middle name, and name my son my maiden name. Bam. You get all three. 

Post # 7
1930 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

justforkeeps :  I think you need to think of this as purely your choice, as a true feminist. It’s not any more feminist to keep your maiden name, than it is to take your FI’s last name. After all, your maiden name is from your father, a man, so there’s nothing inherently feminist about keeping that either. You don’t have to prove yourself as having that ideology by foregoing tradition and not taking your future husband’s last name as your own. That’s the whole point. It’s about choice. And as your Fiance has even said he’s fine with whatever you do, so your choice of a supportive mate proves your feminist ideals more than anything. 

If you want to keep your maiden name, then do it. If you want to take your FI’s name, go for it. If you want a brand new last name all your own (that sounds like a lot of hassle and paperwork! but…), that’s your right! Just don’t make a lifelong decision because you’re trying to meet some standard you’ve placed on the idea of feminism, because from your post, it sounds like you want to take your FI’s last name but you’re letting that idea stop you. 

Post # 8
7879 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

futuremrs2020 :  agreed – feminism is about having the choice! I consider myself a feminist and I took my husband’s last name. I’m even a stickler and prefer to either be addressed socially as Ms. My Name or Mrs. His Name. I don’t care if it’s inconsistent or old-fashioned because it’s my name and my life. 

Post # 9
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Feminism is about your right to choose. Do not let feminism influence your decision. 

For a long time, my husband and I planned to make our middle and last names the same. I was going to shift my last name over and take his (so going from Mary Sue Smith to Mary Smith Brown). And he would change his middle so he’s John Smith Brown. We planned to both go by all 3 names.

We ended up choosing a new last name as a couple. But we didn’t do that until we’d been married for over a year!! Bee, there is no rush here. I say you leave your name from now, and revisit it in 6 months or even 5 years.

Post # 10
1030 posts
Bumble bee

justforkeeps :  I’ve been through this. I strongly identified with my own legal name, as well as felt a deep family connection to that name. We are many years married, and I have chosen to keep it. I always knew that I would feel instant regret if I took my DH’s name, and that I had potentially many years to consider changing it to his name later (or some variation of his name). People are well aware of the fact that we are married, so I still hear myself being addressed by his last name — which I find endearing. He is also addressed by my last name at times. It has given me a “trial period” of learning what it would be like to respond to that name. Interestingly, I hated it! It is sweet as recognition, but I know it isn’t “my” name — and I’m not sure how else to explain that.

Until we have children, it doesn’t matter to us that we do not share a name. When we have children, they, and possibly he, will share my last name.

If you are torn, you have many years to change your name. In the US, it is not very expensive, even though it is a more complicated process. It was well worth it to me to discover what I truly wanted.

Post # 11
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Are you me?! I’m currently in this loop of anxiety. I also HATE the argument that “well, you have a man’s name anyway” (no offense, knotyet, many many the argument) because my current last name is JUST as much my name as it is my father’s last name…we were both born with it, both have lived with it, both have gotten degrees with it. Why is it that men get to own their names, but women either “get” their name from their father or “take” their name from their husband? 


Anyhow, I am getting married in August and have no idea. It’s so shallow, but my reasoning for wanting to tack FI’s name on the end of mine is because it’s so much cooler than mine. It’s french and distinctive, whereas I have a top-5 most common last name. I know I wouldn’t ever get rid of my name, but I go back and forth on whether to do First Middle MaidenLast1 HisLast2, or to make it easier on myself and do First Middle1 MaidenMiddle2 HisLast. I work in higher ed, so I can still use my “maiden” name as a double barreled name at work even if it’s a middle name, but I just don’t know.

Post # 12
6583 posts
Bee Keeper

I just want to say, it’s SO refreshing that your fi is open to giving children your name. Too many men take the hard stance of “my way (name) or the highway” which is unfair IMO. 

As  notmeeither :  said, you have plenty of time to decide. Maybe keep your name for now, and if you feel a strong desire later to change it, go ahead and do it! 

Post # 13
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

What irked me when I was in that situation was the assumption that it’s all on the woman to figure it out and the guy just gets to take a hard pass. It felt very uneven and nothing was pleasing to me because it was the lack of decision making on his part that was irking me. I ended up doing First Name Maiden Name His Last Name just as a way to keep a cohesive family unit because it is nice to have the same last name as our kids. Still rankles a bit. I like your idea about taking each others last names as middle names. It would be nice and mirrored. 

Post # 14
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I have a strong attachment to my maiden name as well. I already have a long name so I’m just gonna double-barrel it and tack hubby’s on to the string – no hyphen – just another name added to an already very long name.

Post # 15
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

It’s your choice and you can always revisit the topic if you don’t want to change it right away, like you could always change it right before having kids etc etc. Or never change it. There are no wrong decisions here. Whether you do or don’t it doesn’t make you any less of a feminist. Feminism gives you the power to choose. 

my two cents are; I was always going to change my name, didn’t change it right away after getting married and then we bought a house and bottom line it will cost us $700+ to change my name on the title if we want (which I think is absurd). By the time I changed my name it was almost a year later (10months) and we left the title as is lol

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