“Why is it so strange to get married and keep my surname in 2021?” asks CNN’s Ai…

“Why is it so strange to get married and keep my surname in 2021?” asks CNN’s Aisha Salaudeed. She kept her last name and has faced a barrage of questions from friends and family — and even immigration officers. Tap the link in our bio to read about the history of marital name changes and why this tradition persists even when there is no requirement by law.⁠

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  1. Wow. Always keep my name. Forever my dad’s daughter until the day I died. My husband isn’t my owner.

  2. I kept my surname when I got married in the year 2000! That was not very common then, but I refused to relinquish a name that I have identified with since birth, just because I was getting married.

  3. As a Muslim woman (as you and many know) we don’t need to change our name. I’ve kept my father’s name. However it is a big strange to have a different family name than my kids and husband…But it’s a choice I made…

  4. I got married in 2011 and kept my own last name. I got plenty of criticism. That said, I also got and still get a ton of comments from women in their late 60s-70s who say- “Good for you! I wish I could have done that!”

  5. In a number of cultures, you don’t change your name after marriage. Koreans for example, generally don’t.

  6. Wow .. Im confused I thought this subject was buried and excepted for a few years now. I know women who have kept their name and not their husbands and no debate on it

  7. I’m with you, Aisha. I’ve been married for 10 years and kept my name. Because… it’s. my. name.

  8. I am lucky to have friends, coworkers, and family who have never questioned my decision to keep my last name and my identity.

  9. I have never, never understand this concept! We shouldn’t have to loose our last name and we shouldn’t judge for keeping it even if married


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