I had a client in the other day who told me she decided to keep her last name when she got married. I was so shocked about this and asked if her husband minded. I was even more shocked when she said, “No”. In the middle of the haircut I said, “I’m sorry I have to stop right now and give you a high five!” How amazing is this?
This conversation lead me to question why I felt so uncomfortable with the fact that I may have to give up my last name one day. I started wondering how do other women feel? Do they want to give up their last names? Why do women decide to go with the status quo and do what everyone else is telling them or what the norm is? Do they change their names because their husbands, fathers, mothers, friends, are telling them they have to… or just because that’s what everyone does?
After laughing over the high five she suggested, in a somewhat joking matter, that I should ask the next guy I go on date with how he feels about a woman changing her name when she gets married. Then I’ll know right from the start if I should go out with him again.
What do you think? Should a woman change her name when she gets married? Do you think it’s romantic or is it just a silly tradition? What do you think your boyfriend would say if you told him you weren’t going to change your last name? Or for the married gals, what would your husband say if you decided to change your name back like Kris Jenner from the Kardashians?