Saying “I Do” To Your Surname After Marriage
Deciding on whether or not to change your surname after marriage really can be a big decision to make for some. There are a lot of aspects to consider, for example, is it important for you to have the same last name as your spouse and/or your children? How important is your last name to your career? And, how does your spouse feel about a name change?
This infographic from Peter Edwards Photos takes a pretty interesting insight into the types of questions you should be asking yourself if you’re struggling to come to a decision on name change after marriage. This Looks at what options are on the table for you and offer some interesting statistics on this topic. For example, did you know that women who get married when they’re 35 to 39 years old are 6.4 times more likely to keep their names than women who tie the knot between the ages of 20 and 24?
And… it’s even more interesting to see what the celebrities are doing! Jennifer Garner apparently has been legally known as Jennifer Affleck since 2005, however, she hasn’t used it in a professional capacity. Also, Stacy Ferguson, known to the world as Fergie, officially changed her legal name to Fergie Duhamel in 2013 – four years after walking down the aisle.
According to research, more and more young brides are choosing to keep their maiden names after tying the knot. Deciding on whether or not to change your surname after marriage is a big decision and there are now a lot of other factors for women to consider. These statistics below are pretty fascinating too!
- Women who get married when they’re 35 to 39 years old are 6.4 times more likely to keep their names than women who tie the knot between the ages of 20 and 24.
- Only 62% of new brides in their 20’s choose to take their husband’s names.
- The average woman is 27 years old when she first gets married. In 1990, she was 23.
- In most Arabic-speaking countries, women keep their full birth and family names and do not change their family names to their husbands’ family names.
- In the U.S, only eight states have an official name change for a man as part of their marriage process, others may petition a court, or, where not prohibited, use the common law method.