Question of the Day

Technically, this is the second QotD, following up on Tart’s Famous Last Words (to which you should hop over and throw in your favorite last line of a novel if you haven’t already). This one was requested by Catherine from Poverty Barn and Daily Pepper, and it’s about name changes in association with marriage and/or long-term partnership.

For the straight women: Why did (or will) you decide to keep/change/hyphenate your name?

For the straight guys: What are your thoughts—do you have a preference as to whether your wife keeps or changes her name? Would you consider taking your wife’s name?

For Ls/Gs/Bs/Ts: A) If you’re in a state that allows legal marriage, same questions; or B) If you’re in (or if you were in) a long-term relationship, do you have any interest in taking your partner’s name, or having your partner taking your name, or doing a hyphenation of the two for both of you?

(Any straight people who may be in non-marriage life partnerships are welcome to weigh in, too, of course.)

As an aside, I know two different couples where the man took the woman’s last name, because he liked hers better.

I changed my name because my maiden name was hard to spell and pronounce, and I thought McEwan would be a piece of cake. As it turns out, I was wrong. I still have to correct pronunciations and spell it all the time.

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