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View Poll Results: Changing last name?
Girl: Yes I'll change it. 33 64.71%
Girl: No I won't. 13 25.49%
Guys: I want my wife to change it. 3 5.88%
Guys: I don't want my wife to change it. 2 3.92%
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Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 01:15 AM

Simple question.
Girls are you planning on doing it?
Guys do you want your future wife to do it?


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 01:16 AM

I'm planning on changing my last name if I get married, but I see nothing wrong with the people who opt not to, there's no rule saying you have to after all.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 01:23 AM

Yes, I plan on taking my husband's last name. It's just tradition, it's how it's always been done and it's how I feel it always should be done. If a woman wants to choose to keep her name, then that is her choice, but I just strongly feel like sticking with this tradition, that's all.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 01:59 AM

I don't have anything against people changing their names when they get married, but I don't think I will. First of all, I'll probably end up with a girl, so there's not really a tradition for who should change their name in a same-sex relationship. Also, I feel like if I were to change my name, I would be giving up a part of my identity. It would make the relationship seem unequal to me. Most likely, I'll either keep my last name or hyphenate it with my partner's.
   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 02:27 AM

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I don't have anything against people changing their names when they get married, but I don't think I will. First of all, I'll probably end up with a girl, so there's not really a tradition for who should change their name in a same-sex relationship. Also, I feel like if I were to change my name, I would be giving up a part of my identity. It would make the relationship seem unequal to me. Most likely, I'll either keep my last name or hyphenate it with my partner's.
The marrying a girl part raises a really great point. As a bisexual I think if I marry a guy, I'd change my last name as I said, since that's more traditional. But as a girl I think that I'd believe in hyphenation more than anything. I don't really know why my opinion changes so much if I marry another girl, but you reminded me of that point and I figured I'd let you know I agree.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 03:12 AM

I won't. My mom didn't, my boyfriend's mom didn't. It's tradition in my family not to. Bahaha. But in seriousness, I think it's weird to do so. I don't care if women want to, but I see no reason to do so.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 03:30 AM

Hmm, it only depends on what the guys last name is, which probably sounds stupid of me to say. I like my last name but I hate my first name, so if my husband has a last name I like then I will probably change it. Especially if it makes my first name sound better. I can see either way and honestly I think when the time comes I will know exactly what to do.



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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 03:38 AM

I'll only change my name is my future husband's is really stellar. I'd also consider hyphening it. I actually have a pair of teachers at school that hyphened their names together and both changed it, and I liked that idea.



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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 03:51 AM

Well, I'm lesbian, so it's gets kind of tricky there. Haha. But I like the idea of hyphenated names, so I plan on doing that. I didn't vote since that wasn't an option.






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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 05:00 AM

I really like my last name, but I think I would stick to tradition and change my last name. It would make my future husband and I seem more like a family, and that way we wouldn't have any debate over what last name our children would take. I wouldn't want to have a different last name than my kids, it would just seem strange and disconnected to me.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 06:44 AM

I will change my last name upon getting married. I don't frown upon other women who decide to keep their original last names (or decide to have a hyphenated last name) - that's their choice, and if they want to hold on to that aspect of their identity, they have a right to do it. For me, though, taking on a new last name symbolizes my complete commitment to my husband, and to the family we would be creating together. One family name for everyone within the family.






   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 06:48 AM

I'll definitely keep my last name to some degree. On my father's side of the family all the grandchildren are girls, so there is no one to carry on the family name. As such, I want to keep mine. I will probably hyphenate it with my husband's name, or turn my maiden name into a middle name.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 04:02 PM

I plan on hyphenating my current surname and my hypothetical husband's surname whenever I get married, so that I keep my parents' surname in some way.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 21st 2013, 04:04 PM

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Well, I'm lesbian, so it's gets kind of tricky there. Haha. But I like the idea of hyphenated names, so I plan on doing that. I didn't vote since that wasn't an option.
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 22nd 2013, 05:26 PM

I always thought I would, and I probably will, unless his name is really weird. My name does not hyphenate, I might keep my name on principle. Women used to have to change their names because they were considered property and it symbolized them changing hands from belonging to their father to belonging to their husband. I once heard of a professor who took his wife's name and most of the women I knew who earned MD's or PhD's before they got married kept their maiden names so that the degree matched their legal names.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 22nd 2013, 06:05 PM

I plan to change my last marriage if I get married, but I guess it depends on my partners last name as I have to like it to want to change my name






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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 22nd 2013, 10:09 PM

My mother did not change her name and I will not be changing mine, regardless to whether I marry a woman or man.
   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 22nd 2013, 10:17 PM

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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 22nd 2013, 10:42 PM

I can see why some women wouldn't want to but I would, it's just traditional and would seem odd not to. Also, if I had kids I would like me, them and their dad to have the same last name.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 22nd 2013, 10:56 PM

I would probably change it unless I didn't like my partner's last name. Or I might hyphenate it. It all depends on how the name flows, y'know? I'll go by whatever sounds best.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 02:33 AM

Well I'll probably end up hyphening it only because I'm very likely to become Equity (actor's union) before I get married and so I'll have to be known professionally by my last name now. So even though I dislike my last name because it's so common and boring, I'll probably have to hyphen for professional reasons.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 04:55 AM

I definitely want to, just cause I hate my last name now
unless, in a parallel universe, I became really famous or something, or if I was like a news reporter or something, and people were used to my maiden name. then I would keep it or hyphenate it.


   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 02:57 PM

Yeah I'll change mine. Whatever. Not a big deal to me.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 03:35 PM

I'm in to minds about this. My inner feminist screams NO! Keep your own surname, your heritage, your independence. My mother did, because all her siblings were female and the name would be lost otherwise. However her children, myself and my sister and brother all were given my fathers surname, so really it did not help retain that side of our family's heritage.
And from a feminist point of view, when you keep your maiden name, you are retaining a surname of your fathers or your grandfathers, so really you haven't achieved what you set out to.

On the other side, i want the unity of my children myself and my partner to be to all have the same surname. Having been a lot closer to my mother and her side of the family i'd always felt bitter i did not share their family name. I'd be happy to take my husbands name, but would like to either double barrel my surname or swap my maiden name for my middle name.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 06:54 PM

I don't see anything wrong with either way. I would most likely choose to change my last name though because it's traditional and what most people do and then our whole family would have the same last name kids included.
   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 07:13 PM

I'm dreading it, but yes I'll stick to tradition and change it. Whether I like it or not, that's the problem. See my current last name has two syllables, so if his has two syllables I'll be fine. xD sometimes, when I like different boys, I'll even consider how their last names fit on me. Stupid, I know. xD

But after I change my last name, my maiden name will still be in my name...just added to my middle name. That's what my mom did. :J


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 08:49 PM

If I were to hyphenate, my name would be entirely too long; therefore, I intend on changing my last name to my partner's. Sure, it might be me following tradition, but I want my entire family (my wife and kids) to have a joint "family name," so there isn't any variation or confusion. Plus it gives a family feel, and that is exactly what I want.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 09:32 PM

I'd totally take my partners last name! I hate mine, forever having to correct people on its pronunciation, so getting a new one would be brilliant! Knowing my luck i'd get someone who has an equally frustrating spelling/pronunciation.
   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 11:38 PM

I would definitely change my last name. I hate my last name. >.> I'm of the mind right now that my boyfriend and I will get married in the future, simply because, well, we're together, and I quite like his last name.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 23rd 2013, 11:42 PM

No, absolutely not. Fort starters, my family is particularly "modern", my mom and aunts all kept their last names after getting married. And next, it's a name, I like my name and i do not believe you become "someone else" after marriage.

At the same time, I think it can go either way, I just simply don't want to change it, I wasn't raised with the idea that it's a "thing to do" and I don't really care what the European/Western/Christian norm is, things are changing and you can really go either way nowadays.... Plus in the off chance the marriage doesn't work I'd rather still have my name so I don't have to change it back, not that I'd ever want that to happen of course... I think that I'd consider hyphenating my name because then at least people won't wonder why my name is different from my kids, but again, I grew up with my mom having a different last name than me and it is NOT a big deal at all... I dunno, it's just my personal preference, I'm not against either option, just my choice is not the traditional way




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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 24th 2013, 01:01 AM

I'll also change mine putting aside all the paper work it takes atleast here, and just to answer some people I don't think that if you change your name you become property of your husband is just becoming one family with the same name nothing more nothing less.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 26th 2013, 10:17 PM

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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 29th 2013, 07:17 AM

Yeah I don't see why not. I like the idea of taking on their name


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 29th 2013, 08:49 AM

I'll change my last name, cant hyphenate my name as its 8 letters long, will have to keep it as a middle name as my degree is going to have my last name on it.. Grrr! I've been tempted to legally change my last name anyway to my middle name, which is only 3 letters..ah well.. damn professional reasons..

I detest my last name, and I have no connection to my fathers side of my family, so I don't see the point in keeping the name which means nothing to me lol..


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 29th 2013, 09:19 AM

I'm not planning on changing my name. If anything, I'll get it hyphenated.
For one thing, I don't really see the point in "giving up" (for lack of a better term) your last name, and secondly I actually really like my last name ^_^
   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 29th 2013, 10:23 PM

I'll either change it, or hyphenate it. My reason for hyphenating is that I'm the last one in my family with my last name. My dad passed, and only had one child. His sister married and all her kids have a separate last name.


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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - July 30th 2013, 06:33 AM

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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - August 14th 2013, 01:35 AM

Nope. Love my last name and I see a 60% chance of being with another woman so most likely, no.
   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - August 14th 2013, 02:01 AM

I would change my last name to my boyfriend's...I just like it, and it would make me feel much better...plus my current last name is that of my real father's and I've never gotten along with him and am no longer in contact with him, so it's something I would really like
I would also like to let my boyfriend pass on his names is we ever did have children, he is the 3rd of his family in his name and he wants to keep that up
   
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Re: Changing your last name after marriage. - August 14th 2013, 04:23 AM

I don't really know, if the last name like sounds well with my name(first and middle), then I guess. But I kind of like my current last name. I heard changing it is just too much work since you would have to get it changed on everything- driver's license, passport, college degrees, and other important stuff.


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