The Origin of Married Names

J-M's History Corner

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

Man's hands putting ring on woman's finger

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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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Unwilling To Be Used?


You know, I am constantly, constantly amazed at the way God works. It utterly and entirely astounds me. And usually, God works in the ways we would least think.

I’ll share a couple of examples…

Recently, one of my sweet friends was having surgery on her arm. I had had my quiet time the morning of, and felt led to share John 14:27:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

So, I texted it to her and you know what? My sweet friend told me that reading that verse, was really encouraging to her.

Another time, I knew that my best friend was currently reffing soccer. And I felt led, at precisely 2:07 in the afternoon, to stop doing school and just pray for him…

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Introducing the BLOGGER UP series!!

A great blogger that I follow has recently started this new ‘interviewing new bloggers’ thing and while I am not a new blogger, I wanna help spread the word cause it’s a great way to get traffic to your site! So, if you are a new blogger, go on over and let her know that you wanna be interviewed!


*throws confetti everywhere*

*congratulates brain for thinking of this idea😂*

Hello bloggers, and random beings! I am here with another HUGE announcement! BrainStorms will be hosting a new series! WOHOOO🎊! This series will focus on uplifting new bloggers and will act as a platform to draw in traffic to their blooming blogs. As a new blogger, on the WordPress platform it was a bit difficult super difficult to draw in traffic, so I am hoping that these series will help those new bloggers out there, because we all know that blogging is not an overnight thing!

I have typed soo much on helping new bloggers and on uplifting them, but what exactly do I plan on doing to help them achieve this? The plan currently is to interview a few beginner bloggers every month. I will be asking 7 questions on their blog/blogging journey, and 3 personal questions (so…

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