Post # 1
For me, it’s been something I’ve wanted to do ever since I was little. My dad’s side of the family only has two boys to carry on the name. Plus, I really love my last name! It means a lot to me personally, I identify with it strongly and I love that it actually means something in Gaelic! (I was raised to really identify with our Irish heritage from both sides).
So… why do you want to keep yours?
Post # 3
So many reasons – I love my last name, my dad passed away a few years ago and I want to keep his name, my name doesn’t sound good with my fiance’s last name (he is Indian, my last name is German or Danish), I practice law under my last name . . . the list goes on.
I am very torn as to what I’m going to do after the wedding. I am leaning toward keeping my last name, but I think my fiance would like for me to take his – though he would never force me to do so, of course!
Post # 4
im too lazy to change my last name..its a big process. i dont think he would notice till we file taxes.lol
Post # 5
Im keeping both. Theres two reasons for this though, 1: We already have a son together and he has both our last names, and I dont want to have to go through the trouble of changing his name too. Plus he only boy left to carry on my last name in the family. (if he chooses so) and 2: My Fiance last name is Noom, yes Moon backwards. Its cool yeah but I like my last name more because it has more letters. haha weird I know.
Post # 6
My first name doesn’t go well with his last name, so I’m keeping mine, but adding his after mine…
Post # 7
I am keeping my last name in a different way… I’m making it a second middle name. I have such a close relationship with my family, that it was hard to think of not keeping my last name. So I’m still keeping it ;]
Post # 8
I changed mine, but under protest. My maiden name was super short and super easy, plus I was used to it. My new last name is super long and difficult to spell. I have a somewhat long and odd first name so now it’s that much harder.
Firstname is 8 letters. Last name is 11 letters. And if you throw the middle name in, which is spelled oddly too and is 7 letters, my entire name is 26 letters long… the same as the alphabet, lol
Post # 9
I never really thought I would, but when I was dating my Fiance he would talk about wanting to switch his last name (b/c he shares his last name with his bio dad who was never around), but never did b/c he couldn’t really decide a name that meant something to go with. Plus, his last name sounds really bad with mine (like a stripper/joke name). Finally, all the paperwork. I was hoping he’d change to mine since I am close with my family, but I’m pretty sure he won’t. I probably eventually will once we have kids, just to make it easier.
Post # 10
More importantly, why would you wnat to change your name? I don’t understand the name changing thing at all. I’m still me, I’m not Mrs. X. I’m Dr. Y. It would be different if we were both changing our names – I’d like that, but unlike some lucky friends of mine our names don’t merge well. Also, my name is perfectly fine to pronounce and spell. We’ll see what happens when we have kids, but they’ll probably just get his name.
Post # 11
I’m taking his last name, but I’m really going to miss mine! My last name is pronounced “petite” (spelled a little differently though) and I’m about 5’1” with a very petite frame. I always thought that was kind of fun 🙂
Post # 12
I am taking my FI’s last name but man, it’s no light thing!!! I’m 33 and I’ve obviously had my name all my life. It’s me!!! To switch now feels a little weird. My Fiance is supportive of whatever I decide but I know deep down he wants me to take his name. I’m a pretty traditional person so I will change my last name. I think it will make things easier when we have a child. (I know it’s not a necessity, but I do think it will be easier.)
Luckily I have some time as we’re getting married in March and honeymooning out of the country in June. We booked our honeymoon & plane tickets in my maidan name so I’m going to wait until after the Honeymoon to make the official change. I don’t need to travel with a copy of our marriage license… I have enough trouble just keeping up with my passport. 🙂
Post # 13
I just LIKE my last name. I’ve always been fond of my name for as long as I can remember. Plus, the feminist in me really sees no point in taking his last name. The only thing that makes me want to change it is I’d want to have the same last name as our children but that is so far off. I figure I’ll revisit the idea when we we’re ready to have kids.
Post # 14
I’m keeping my last name because it’s my name. I told my Fiance that I’d really like him to change his last name to mine, but that if he wanted to keep his own last name to I’d respect his decision.
In terms of kids, I don’t think it’s fair to assume they’ll have only his last name. He actually seems fine with our children having just my last name, but Future Father-In-Law is really upset by that prospect so we’ll see.
Post # 15
I’m keeping mine. It’s short, flows well and is really different. And…it’s MINE! It’s on my degree, my professional certifcations, awards, diploma and if it ain’t broke…why fix it?
Post # 16
I’ve never even considered keeping my name after getting married. It’s so foreign to me. It’s important to me to have the same name as my husband. We are one family, one unit, with one name. I don’t want my kids to have to be Addison Renee Horton Burkhardt or Joesph Benjamin McDonald Gosselin. It just wouldn’t flow right. I’m traditional, I guess…