I'm planning on changing my last name when I get married. I can see why some women choose to keep their maiden name, but I'm not especially attached to mine, but I am pretty attached to the idea of my family feeling.. together? I would feel odd if I was the only one who didn't have my husband's name. I'm pretty traditional though, and as I've said, I can understand why other ladies choose differently. Some of my friends have married guys with really odd last names that have made me think "I'd be keeping my maiden name..." It's kind of common in my family to give your maiden name to your first child when it works (Jackson, Parker, etc.) My maiden name is Owens, so I had always planned to name my first boy Owen, but it's getting so popular now...
As a side note, I have some friends who are extremely outspoken about how women shouldn't 'give away' their last name, how it is subservient and shows mindless commitment to the man, that kind of stuff. It makes me crazy! If you want to keep your name, that's totally fine with me, but if I want to take my husband's, I'll take it, and it isn't demeaning to womenhood!
I loved my maiden name. I love it more now. But I took my husband's last name 9 years ago. It was important to him and his super conservative family, and it united us together. that being said, my Mom desperately wanted me to hyphenate. My husband's name is like #3 or 4 most popular last name on the planet. My maiden name was easy to spell and pronounce and not common. But I couldn't see the point in hyphenating when I didn't have have anything holding me to my maiden name. And it's funny now, I use my maiden name in the middle for lots of things: Social Media, positions held, etc.
One of my friends has been married for 12 years. And he took her name. His last name was "Dick" and he was ridiculed his entire life, and he didn't want that for his children. So he took her name.
I took my husband's name despite the fact that it didn't sound nearly as good with my first name as my maiden name had. I felt that it would make the marriage official and although I respect others decisions to keep their own maiden names, I am glad I changed mine.
When our baby is born, it makes it easier to decide what his or her surname will be because we will all have the same one. :)
I changed my last name to my husband's name. I wasn't super attached to my own and I wanted us to have the same name/future kids to have the same name.
What's interesting is that my husband's name very obviously and clearly comes from a specific culture/country. It's quite a common name from this country. When combined with my first name, it's sounds like I'm completely from this group as well. My first name is quite universal but used often in the country of my husband's last name. This is fine by me, but it's a little weird that people assume I'm from that nationality upon hearing my name. Also, I was born in an Eastern European country and speak that language, but you would NEVER be able to tell from my name. I feel like my original/familial cultural identity is hidden by my name.
My fiance are planning on changing both of our names to a unified surname.Reason why is because neither of us like our current surnames and have any other family besides each other.But #1 reason for me is that he was married now divorced and she took his name.So for a bit there was a Mrs.xxx so i don't want a surname that has been mutually shared that way.
His two daughters on the other hand have their bio mom's madien names.So this surname will be for us and future children sadly I can't steal his daughter(i've only had the chance of meeting one daughter) and change her name to our new family surname...