maiden name

Although I love my husband and even his last name, the fact of the matter is that it is not my name. Changing my name felt like giving up my identity.
I'm a feminist. I didn't keep my maiden name. But I didn't change my last name either. If a woman doesn't change her last name upon marriage, she does not keep her maiden name. She keeps her last name.
Getting married is a joyous occasion, but changing your name can be a complex exercise, especially if you are meshing.
Everyone has their own reasons, maybe you share some with me or maybe you have your own. Keeping your name or not, as long as your authentic to the voice inside of you, I'm proud. Keep being you.
Once my ex-husband and I sat in front of our mediator, I realized that I could become "Laura Lifshitz" officially again. Not just in spirit, but in fact. Since I'm a mom to a four-year-old, I wondered if the two of us having different last names would be damning.
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When I married my second husband--the love of my life--I did not want to change my name, so I kept Strauss. (Deep down I know he would love it if I changed my last name to his, though.)
Wow. Today I had a real eye opener. I received a Thomasville Furniture flyer in the mail addressed to my ex-husband's new wife. This is upsetting on two fronts: 1. Why is she shopping at Thomasville when I am waiting for the year end clearance sale at Rooms To Go?
By Mandy Walker for YourTango.com I consider myself a feminist. And yet, I took my husband's name when I got married over
"When I got married, I kept my name for several reasons: 1) I had just received my master's degree with my name, and thought
When I say I was never the kind of girl to take my husband's name, I'm not kidding. I never gave the subject a great deal of thought, but knew it wasn't in the plans for me.
By using my middle name, I ensure that in small ways -- my e-mail signature, the way I sign credit card receipts -- and large -- the way my name appears one day on my wedding invitation, my mom is and will always be on shining display as a fundamental part of me.
On Thursday, Guardian columnist Jill Filipovic's piece "Why Should Married Women Change Their Names? Let Men Change Theirs
Now, don't get me wrong, I love my future husband's last name. But it's still my name. And that, my friends, is the distilled essence of my predicament.
Society may let out a collective groan whenever a new celebrity couple “mashup” name is introduced into the American lexicon
If you change your last name in any way, you're going to have some hoops to jump through in the workplace to establish your new identity.
For her, keeping her name was a no-brainer, both professionally and personally (she also preferred her last name to her husband’s
So, when it comes to changing your name, do what's best for you and your spouse -- if you don't want to take his name, he can take yours or you can start over. What have you done about changing your names?