The ‘Maiden’ Name: It’s Still A Thing.

Perhaps we should just junk the whole idea of getting married in the first place. I’m generally against anything where you’re supposed to change your name. When else do you get named something else? On joining a nunnery, or becoming a porn star. As an ostensibly joyful celebration of love, that’s bad company to be in.

– Catilin Moran, How To Be A Woman

1. Bride Unable To Deposit Cheques Because She Kept Her Maiden Name, Is Probably A Nihilist.

2. Dear Wendy: I’m ostracised for keeping my maiden name from The Frisky

3. A town in France abolishes the title “mademoiselle” for young, unmarried women, from The LA Times

4. The lifelong curse of an unpopular name from BPS Research Digest

5. It’s now legal for Indian women to keep their own names after marriage, The Times Of India

6. How Come I’m The Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name? from BlogHer

7. Does Sharing A Name Really Mean Anything? from Good Men Project

8. The Name Game: Yours Or Ours, But Not Mine, from Bust Magazine

9. Man Who Adopted His Wife’s Last Name Is Accused Of Fraud, from Salon

10. I seriously Regret Taking My Husband’s Last Name, from The Frisky

11. What women’s lib? 70 percent of Americans think women should take spouse’s name after marriage, reported here byThe Daily News. What can the possible reasons for such a sloppy study be? Why are there people out there who want the world to think that 70 percent of Americans think women should take their husband’s name? Maybe I’m getting too conspiracy theorist here. Maybe sloppy stats are just sloppy stats.

11. Do Feminists Care If You Take Your Husband’s Last Name? from Salon, in which feminists are treated — in the title, at least — as a single group of people with a single and unanimous political agenda.

12. See the Let’s Talk About Names Tumblr Blog

13. Japanese Court Rules Against Keeping One’s Maiden Name from The Frisky, May 30, 2013

14. A Male Feminist’s Dilemma: My wife insisted on taking my last name from Role Reboot

15. Are women paying the price for taking their husbands’ last names? Taking her husband’s name at marriage suggests to potential employers that a woman is less intelligent, less ambitious, inclined to work fewer hours and more focused on family. Recent evidence suggests that women who make that choice can expect lower wages and fewer job offers as a result. – from Big Think

16. As long as the maiden name is still a thing, the ‘ms’, ‘miss’, ‘mrs’ thing is still a thing. From Persephone

17. Quite Reasonable French Government Bans ‘Mademoiselle‘ from Jezebel

18. Ms, Mrs and Missing Options from Sentence First

19. Airline rethinks its sexist policy after #SurnameGate goes viral from Salon

20. I Took My Wife’s Last Name at The Good Men Project

21. Men Who Insist You Change Your Name Make Terrible Husbands from Jezebel


I would encourage any woman contemplating a name change upon marriage to reconsider. I’m constantly glad that I didn’t change my name. I was glad again this morning when filling out a government document. I will ALWAYS GET TO SKIP TO THE NEXT QUESTION. Always. And I’m several hundred dollars better off because I didn’t have to pay to lodge the change of name forms here in Australia.


Do you need any more reasons than that? Really?