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15 men reveal why they decided to take their wife’s surname after marriage

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Jasmine Andersson
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After a recent study found that 65% of women change their surname when they tie the knot, the tide still appears to be in favour of women opting to change their moniker when they enter a marriage.

Although the likes of Zoe Saldana’s husband Marco Perego has changed his name to match that of his partner, according to a recent YouGov poll, 59% of those surveyed still said that they would opt to swap their surname to the same as their husband’s. 

Now, taking to secret-sharing app Whisper, 15 men have opened up about why they decided to take their wife’s surname after marriage.

Marriage registry

"When we get married, I'll either take my wife's name or we'll pick out a new name together. I don't want to keep my last name. I want to start out fresh, just her and I as our own little family," wrote one user.



Another added: "Hopefully someday last names will be passed along matriarchal lines."

Married couple

And one, acknowledging the important role his wife’s name plays in her career, added: “My wife has a doctorate and I wanted our kids to have the same name as both of us, so I took hers. It seemed like a major pain to try and change hers and this was easier.”



Read the full list of air-punching reasons below:

1. "I took my wife's name because she has kids and it was easier to just change my name than to give the other three kids a new name."

2. "I didn't want any connection to my dad anymore. It actually felt really freeing to take hers."

3. "My wife has a doctorate and I wanted our kids to have the same name as both of us, so I took hers. It seemed like a major pain to try and change hers and this was easier."

4. "Hopefully someday last names will be passed along matriarchal lines."

5. "So we can keep her family line alive. She is really happy about it."

Married older couple

6. "I hate the way my last name sounded, so I asked her if we could take her name."

7. "When we get married, I'll either take my wife's name or we'll pick out a new name together. I don't want to keep my last name. I want to start out fresh, just her and I as our own little family."

8. "Her last name is Champion. There is no way we were going with my boring last name, Hamilton."

9. "Because my surname is Ramsbottom and I don't want my kids to be bullied like I was. I'd rather be Jones thanks."

10. "I did it to disassociate myself from my estranged family. I haven't spoken to them in four years."

11. "My family disowned me. Hers welcomes me with open arms."

Married couple

12. "When I marry I'm going to take my wife's name so I can eliminate mine."

13. "I've always been made fun of for my last name, so I plan on just taking my wife's name."

14. I hate that my last name is Smith.

15. "Because then I'll have a superhero name."

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Jasmine Andersson

When she isn't talking about her emotional attachment to meal deals or serenading unfortunate individuals with David Bowie power solos in karaoke booths, Jasmine writes about gender, politics and culture as a freelance journalist. She wastes her days tweeting @the__chez  

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