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Jennifer Aniston will be keeping her maiden name in marriage

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Harriet Hall
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The decision whether or not a woman should change her name after marriage, to take that of her husband, has been one of contention for decades.

In recent years, women have been celebrated for flipping the bird to the patriarchy and keeping their maiden names (yes, we all know those came from the patriarchy, too).

This summer, Zoe Saldana revealed that her husband has chosen to go against tradition and take her last name instead. 

In the latest celebration of autonomy, Justin Theroux has said that Jennifer Aniston will probably not be taking his name.

In his first interview since their wedding, Theroux, 44, implied that the Cake star will be sticking as Ms Aniston, rather than becoming Mrs Theroux.

When asked by Extra TV if his new wife was planning on changing her name, Theroux wittily responded:

“I made her change both names, so she’s now Justin Theroux.”

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He went on to say that, actually, the couple haven’t discussed whether or not Aniston will be changing her name, but said:

“I don’t think it would be great if she did. I think ‘Aniston’ is going to stick with her if she likes it or not.”

The couple married last month at their home in Beverley Hills, at a surprise ceremony. They then went on a group honeymoon with their close friends, including Courtney Cox and Elen Degeneres) at a luxury resort in Bora Bora.

“We had thought about it; we could just do a normal honeymoon, or we could go with some friends, keep the party going, relax, and have fun,” says Theroux. 

Whatever the couple decide, it makes for exciting progress in the move towards gender equality that the obligation many women feel to change their name to that of their partners, following marriage, is gradually thawing.