17 Women Explain Why They Didn’t Take Their Husband’s Last Name After Getting Married

@mercyful via Twitter

In today’s society, it’s common for a woman to take a man’s last name when she gets married. However, about 20% to 30% of women refuse to follow this tradition. They’ll either keep their own last name, hyphenate her last name with the new last name, or even come up with a totally new last name for both to share.

As you might imagine, there’s a lot of thought that goes into making the decision to not take your husband’s last name. One tweet by @MercyFul recently got a lot of attention after asking the question of why: “I’d really like to hear the reasoning behind women who won’t take their husband’s last name,” the tweet stated.

And boy, did the people of Twitter deliver. Apparently, there are tons of reasons women decide they don’t want to take their husband’s last name after getting married. Check out the top responses below (even one from Chrissy Teigen)—and be sure to check out the entire thread here.

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Are you for or against taking a man’s last name—why or why not?