Hello friends!! I hope you’re all having an awesome weekend! So far, mine has been pretty laid back. That’s my way of saying I’ve been lazy and haven’t really accomplished much! But, let’s just keep that between us!
So I saw this article on my Yahoo homepage about women taking the man’s last name when they get married. It says that more women are doing so now than in years past.
According to the article “the trend toward women keeping their maiden names after marriage peaked in the 1990s, when about 23% of women did so, then eased gradually to about 18% in the 2000s”.
“Well-educated women in high-earning occupations are significantly more likely to keep their maiden names, the study shows. Brides in professional fields such as medicine, the arts or entertainment are the most likely of all to do so.”
They say age is another factor in women keeping their maiden names; that older women tend to keep their name while younger brides tend to take their husband’s name.
In my opinion, taking your husband’s last name is a no-brainer. I guess I come from a more traditional stand point. Getting married is all about becoming a family and a single unit, so I don’t quite understand how you can become a single unit without having the same last name. For me, having the same last name as my future husband pretty much seals the deal.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about hyphenated last names though. It’s almost like you can’t make up your mind so you just take both names. I’d rather just have a single name; it makes things so much easier in the long run!
What do you think? If you’re not married yet, would you take your husband’s last name? If you are married, what’s your opinion on the matter? What about hyphenated last names?