My Surname Doesn't Go With the Names I Like

Someone once told me that I need to keep my new last name in mind when picking baby names -- I shouldn't pick a name that ends with the same sound as my last name. Problem is, my last name is now Urban -- and there are so many names that I love that ...

More men taking their wives' last names

When I married the first time, I was quite young and didn't think twice about taking my husband's last name as my own. That's what a woman does when she marries, right? But when I married again nearly 20 years later, I didn't even consider taking my ...

Eva Longoria takes her husband's name

When I married Christy's father all those years ago, I took his last name. It never occurred to me that I didn't have to do that - as far as I knew, all women (or in my case, girls) changed their last names to that of their husband. Plus, we were goi...

Pick a surname, any surname

When we got married, Rachel kept her last name the same. So did I. She felt strongly that she didn't want to change her name and I didn't care either way. Plus, as a school teacher, she didn't want to confuse her students by changing names. At her sc...

What's in a name? Giving your kids different surnames

About 15 years ago, some friends of mine got married.  "Are you going to change your last name?" I asked the female partner of this couple.  "Actually, we both are.  We're combining our surnames to be one."  An...


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