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    If a man has a horrible surname I wouldn't want that surname, and it is also off-putting in the sense that I would not want to even date the person, let alone marry him. I've heard of some really awful names that just make me cringe.
    Another option would be for the man to change his surname. Some men do that, they use the wife's surname.
    And another option is add on the husband's name at the end, such as when Hilary Rodham married Bill Clinton. Clinton is an okay name. For a long time she was known as "Hilary Rodham Clinton", but now uses "Hilary Clinton".
    BTW, Bill Clinton himself isn't even a biological Clinton. His step-father was a Clinton. His birth father was a Blythe.

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    I think it's important to have some sort of ties to one's maternal heritage through name. It's almost like an oral history. Think of all that gets lost in translation when a couple gets married and the female has to change her last name. I started completing my family tree about a week and a half ago now. I've gotten much farther on my mother's mother's side and have been able to trace all the way back to Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1800s...From there I can see some obvious emigration links from Wales and Italy prior to the 1800s. BUT what I notice is that if you don't know a woman's name prior to her getting married then sometimes you are immediately lost in your search for anything before that marriage(And that's really the meat of the story). Like...if I didn't know a certain Gilles married a Combe, which spawned into a Combe Beus, and then later into Harries, I wouldn't know how to move backwards in time in order to search for my ancestry.
    Yes, that is so true. It's important to find out the wives maiden names and who their parents were.

    In my family tree, on my mother's side and on my father's side, it's customary, but not mandatory, to have the wife's maiden name, or other family surnames on her side, as a middle name for each child.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    Do you think women should be allowed to keep their maiden name after married?

    I think no, because if they get married is because they want to start a family and a family can only have one name.
    Since when a family can't have two names? And more important, since when women's name can't be used by their husbands?

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    They should but a lot in Ireland are old fashioned want the woman to have there last name and it is the norm to take the mans surname, i don`t know many that use the two last names.I prefer my last name and would want to keep it if i "EVER" did get married.

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    I voted Yes!! I dont have any reason to vote no really


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    It's a non-issue for me. My wife dropped her middle name and kept her maiden name after marriage. The reasoning for that is because her middle name rhymed with my surname and her full name sounded ridiculous when spoken.
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    My wife kept her maiden name since neither her nor I wanted to waste all the time and hassle of changing it. All the account and certifications would be horrible. It was just not worth the trouble.

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    I'm not sure if someone has said this already in this thread but in Spain and Portugal you use both your father's and mother's surname. The wife doesn't adopt the husband's surname in Spain. In the past you couldn't change your surname but now you can switch around your father's surname with your mother's surname. That's what one of my cousins did. His father's surname is a very common surname in Spain, unlike his mother's.

    In Spain the father's surname comes before the mother's. In Portugal it's the opposite.

    So for example:

    Father: Rodrigo Fernandez Tenorio
    Mother: Teresa Rocha Garcia
    Child: Martin Fernandez Rocha

    But if the child chooses to switch the surnames around it would be:

    Martin Rocha Fernandez

    His children will have the Rocha surname.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delilah View Post
    Yes of course. The children will have the father's name anyway. Incidentally in Latin-American countries the woman keeps her surname. I don't see the necessity of the woman changing her last name to that of her husbands.
    I think some other posters have mentioned that this is the case in many parts of Latin America, and is also the case in Spain. My mom was shocked when she came to the US from Cuba and all of a sudden people were calling herby my dad's last name. Personally, I think this old system is best--you identify yourself by your surnames and your husbands by including "de" blah blah. But it needs to be in the context of the society you are living in. To buck the current societal trend is a pain.
    Here in the US the current crop of women are generally taking their husband's last name, but the previous generation (those 35 and over) were drinking the feminist kool-aid and felt we had to keep our own last names. I did, as did all of my college and professional school women friends. All of our kids use our husband's names, however. I am ok with it now, but when my kids were younger it ended up being a real pain not having the same last name as they had.

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    Absolutely. I also think that kids should be allowed to choose either a mother's or father's last name.

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    Its so stupid to change/take another persons name. Women dont belong to stupid men
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