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I Kept My Maiden Name

but not for any sort of feminist reason. i had always planned to take my husband's name when we got married. but then the man i fell in love with and planned to marry didn't have an attractive last name. it's not his fault, but it's not a great last name. and also, it rhymes with my first name, so my full name would just be silly. my husband and his family said they didn't mind if i didn't want to take their name.

so i decided to stick with my maiden name. i can spell it, i'm used to being called it, and it saves me a great deal of paperwork. and since we don't plan on having kids they won't be confused by mommy and daddy's different last name. so ta da! everybody wins.

journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 19, 2008

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I kept my real name and have never regretted it. We have been married 18 years and we agreed when we got married that if we had kids, girls would get my name and boys would get his. We do have kids now and they have never been confused at all. It's not even an issue to them...it is just a fact that mom and dad each have their own name. All our kids turned out to be boys...we gave one my last name as his middle name (last minute change of plans...the ultrasound had said he was a girl, ha ha).

I love this idea! Good for you morticia.

I think having a rhyming first name and last name would drive home the impression of you appearing illiterate to the point that people would simply offer to read things for you, rather than thinking that you'd misread to begin with. ;)