Maude Standish: Why I’m Bucking the Trend and Not Taking My Fiancé’s Name

This is a very interesting take on why women keep their last name when getting married.  Today, I am hearing this conversation happen more and more amongst women who are planning to walk down the aisle.  I certainly enjoyed reading this story and the decision of this young bride.  Be You!

“My mom is a Boomer and I’m a Millennial — two quite different generations — and yet we both made the decision to keep our maiden names. It isn’t shocking that I would follow in my mother’s footsteps. What is surprising is that as a Millennial woman, I’m more alone in making this choice than my Boomer mother was… For the last two decades, the already small portion of American women who keep their maiden names has been shrinking. The highest that figure got was 23 percent in the nineties. By the early eighties, it had dropped to 18 percent. In 2011, TheKnot.com surveyed 19,000 newlywed women and found that only 8 percent kept their last names.”  Maude Standish: Why I’m Bucking the Trend and Not Taking My Fiancé’s Name.

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