It’s something most of us never give a second though to – when a man and woman get married, the woman ditches her surname and adopts her husband’s surname, which their children subsequently receive.
The answer, it turns out, isn’t pretty.
Why should women change their names on getting married?
1 November 2014
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It is regarded as tradition for wives to take a man’s name after marriage. Why, asks Dr Sophie Coulombeau.
My name is Sophie Coulombeau. But a year from now, after the fuss from my wedding has died down, it could be something rather different. For me, to adopt the surname of my partner and relinquish my own would profoundly affect how I think about my own identity.
On the one hand, it would bind us into a family unit and make it easier to know what to write on the birth certificates if…
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