Rose at The Jewmanist explains why she didn’t take her husband’s last name after marriage:
People would ask me after I got married when I was changing my name. I would sometimes simply say “I’m not” but sometimes I felt offended and would utter “what’s wrong with mine?” 25 years it took me to love my own name. And now I have to change it? That, in conjunction with my general feminist attitude towards life, afforded me my only choice. Do nothing.
Feminism is all about equality. And for me, a name change, doesn’t make me feel equal (although my hubby totally does). Also, he completely understands my view and has never said boo about it.
Are there any other reasons for a woman to take a man’s last name that I may have missed?
I’m curious about that, too. If you kept your name after marriage, what was your reason for it?
I don’t know how much of an anomaly this is, but I know one couple in which the husband took the last name of his wife. His reason was that her last name was just more pronounceable than his.
***Update***: I edited the post a bit to make my explanation of Rose’s decision clearer.