Newly engaged women, and those ebbing closer to their wedding day, seem to be torn between keeping their maiden name and taking their husband’s. Now this phenomenon, although modern, is not new.
On the one side of the fence, it seems that a lot of women are embracing the big change – and the accompanying administration. In 2011, TheKnot.com surveyed 19,000 newlywed women and found that only 8 percent kept their last names; 86 percent took their husbands’ names, with the remaining 6 percent presumably modifying or hyphenating. This figure might have changed to even less in the past two years.
A friend of mine has sworn that he wouldn’t marry his girlfriend if she didn’t take his name, and even Flip has uttered this notion. It must be a pride thing. Some women opt for the double barrel name, but I don’t think that mixing an English and Dutch surname would go down so well, besides, it would be far tooo long. Wait-Van Wyngaardt. Could you imagine?
Now, I am going to take my fiance’s name when we marry, but I am considering keeping my surname for professional reasons, and to avoid pure frustration. A lot of people struggle to spell my surname at the moment, and it’s just a simple W-A-I-T. Even if I explain it as, yes my surname is Wait, as in wait a minute, people still struggle to comprehend and, when I was still going to events- before deskjob editor came along – I would find beauties on my name tags – Weight, White, Waite.