Does your name automatically change when you get married?

Does your name automatically change when you get married?

Changing your surname after marriage is not part of the legal marriage process, but a separate procedure you can complete in your own time, should you wish. It is an often-followed tradition but it is not legally required and it does not happen automatically. Either party can change their surname.

Can a married woman keep her maiden name?

Whether a woman keeps her name or uses her partner’s after marriage is a matter of personal choice, and today there are no legal issues with doing either.

Why a woman takes the man’s last name?

The tradition of women changing their last names to match their husbands’ has its origins in the property transfer that took place upon marriage, Scheuble said. Essentially, women went from being part of their parents’ family to becoming their husbands’ property. “It’s turned over to normative tradition.”

Can a man take a woman’s last name?

These days many women keep their own name when they marry, and couples are increasingly opting for a double-barrelled or merged name. But men who take their wife’s surname are still quite rare. A few female teachers had changed their last names when they got married – but never a man.

Can a man take his wife’s last name?

A man is legally entitled to take his wife’s surname upon marriage. Although it is still not considered to be the traditional approach, the number of men adopting their wives’ surnames is reported to be on the rise.