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In this modern day and age, do you still think women should be required to take their husband's last name after marriage? 

1,218 deviants said No. Women should keep their surname if they want to.
241 deviants said No. Mix their surname to create somthing new. eg Mr Pika and Ms Chu becomes Mr and Mrs Pikachu
226 deviants said Yes, even if my husband's surname is Buttface I will be forever Mrs Buttface
94 deviants said Can we just get rid of last names altogether..?

Devious Comments

HearseGurl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I'm never getting married, so I dun care. Lol. It's becoming more common to keep their own last name.
KeplerNova Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I plan to keep my surname. It's a relationship, not an ownership.
niasweet71 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in my country the women still have their last name
NicoleTheKiller Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pfft,no! We should either combine our last names and make something epic or him take MY last name,goddamnit! Unless his name is epic in which I will combine or hyphen.
izfish Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm neutral. I'd personally take my husband's, but not if it were some stupid thing like Buttface. And it's ok if people don't want to. You have a lot of polls.
Tinker-Jet Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the option where I make my future husband take my last name instead? >.>
NerezaWorks Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
mixing the name isn't as nice of a idea as you might think the kids of the pair now have to deal with a stupidly long last name, for me I have 15 charters then if you chose to mix it again the next generation it become even longer XC
.. its fine for the adults but its a pain in the neck for growing kids that cant fit there name on a library card (its fine latter on though)
personally i think the last name should be left alone if not changed entirely for the newer generation by the couple. ^^
TheSilverSerpent1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I prefer the tradition of it, but to be honest that's probably because people have offered to marry me solely because of my last name.

It helps to be a Snape.
XOrdinary1998 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How would you truly be together forever if you had two separate last names? It's a form of submission for a woman to change her name when she gets married. If she doesn't want her name to change, then she shouldn't get married! Simple as that! I don't know why it's a woman-to-man's-name thing, but that's just how it goes! Men are to protect the women and care for them--who cares if they ARE able to fend for themselves?
Tuttie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student
It's a tradition that's like a ring - you're putting your name on somebody, you're owning them. I think its a disgusting tradition. I'm keeping my name, thanks.
BlazingStarO Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Well, I'd like to keep my last name... I wanna keep my initials as a squiggle! :dummy: (MNW) Unless the lucky guy is even more lucky, and has a last name starting with "W". XD I dunno if I'll ever marry, though. I'm really picky... :XD:

As a woman, I'd like to say that we should have a choice whether or not to change our last name. For some, their original name has a special meaning, or purpose to them. Seriously, it's up to the couple. It's their choice, not the law, who/whatever, nor nay-sayers'.
Jesteppi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist
You could Hyphenate, so John Smith and Jane Doe become John and Jane Smith-Doe. I took my husband's last name. I think people do it for ease with the government.
TigrisTheLynx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm planning on getting married very soon, and this question has come up.

It's really sad to say that if parents give birth to an only child that happens to be female, your last name will never continue to endure. She basically cuts off your family name, and helps to continue someone else's surname. My last name is very unusual, there are only a few of us with my last name, so I feel weird being the daughter who can't help continue the family name. The only reason I want to change my name is because I'm replacing a hard-to-spell name with an easy-to-spell common name.
Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think you shoudl consider not changing the surname then. I heard that in many countries, its only optional to have the name change anyway
alsrg Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I feel like two married people should share one of their last names. If the husband's last name is buttface, go with the wife's. I don't think it matters which name really, as long as they share one. Having different last names kind of takes away from the marriage, if it were mine.
theWriterMAB Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Writer
Hmmm, I think its really debatable to be honest. Totally up to the people getting married. I know for myself I can see myself with my boyfriend's last name, but that's only because my current last name is riddled with so many bad memories...but I'm changing it to my mother's surname this May so that'll be nice.

I just think whether we take on another's surname or not, or mix them together or drop it off -- its really for what makes those involved the happiest. I mean, its their life. Why push them into something they may not like. Plus I know there's some women who keep their original surname primarily for work related reasons. Everyone does it differently. I personally just think we shouldn't bicker or whatnot about this, its really up to the person (or persons) in the marriage or whatever the situation is. :shrug:

Just my opinion though, don't hate me lol. :XD:
NaJHaikezeH Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist
In the Philippines we have both.
"name" "second name" "mother's surname (normally we put the initials to shorten the name)" "father's surname"

and when you marry, you take your father's surname.
"name" "second name" "woman's father's surname (normally initials)" "man's father's surname"

I prefer this way because for me its more logical and you keep part of you genealogy. =)

but you can legally change it if you want
L-is-for-Layton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
My mother told me about some friend she had whose last name was 'Bottomly' and she ended up marrying same European guy of the last name of 'Bonk' and in Europe they hyphenate the woman's maiden name before their husband's surname... put the two together...
Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
mrchuyito Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
in mexico they just use both father and mother last name and the child chooses wich one will be pass down when it comes to the next generation bad thing about this we have long names SO SAYS JESUS MANUEL GUTTIEREZ DUARTE THE 3Rd!
EternalFusion Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I dont even see the point of marriage itself anymore. =A=
LunarMew Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I mean, nope. =)

At least judging from what I am most comfortable with. In Puerto Rico people legally use two last names, the mother's and the fathers, but the person getting married doesn't have to change it. I always assumed it was true but apparently it is a myth. I also prefer to legally use both my last names in US states even without getting married. I don't care where I go and apparently colleges, the banks, and other legal businesses don't mind calling me by both my last names ether. So why should I stop?

But still, I am glad a woman having to change her last name after marriage isn't required anymore. Call me a stubborn feminist who doesn't want to shave her armpits or whatever but if I ever have to change my last name after getting married then I rather stay single. A person's last name is a man's/woman's business and things are better of that way, with everyone being able to choose if they want to change it or not. It's 2013.
DemonRaily Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
We have a singer and ex politician here in Lithuania that actually officially married and took his wife's last name for only the reason that it would make him "King", and it's an awesome last name.
So it shows that you should take the more awesome sounding last name out of the two.

Personally I have my mothers maiden last name, even if my mother herself does not have it anymore, neither does my brother nor sister, and thanks to my grandparents only having daughters I am last with that last name in the family line. So I believe you should be able to do what ever you want with your last name. For example, if your husbands last name is not that impressive and neither are yours why not take the clan name your ancestors once had instead?
CrazedRandomness Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I'm pondering how to mix mine and my love's last names. Undone? Caruh?
xXLukiraXx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone should decide this for him/herself =) But I'll take my boyfriend's name if we marry :meow: His name is translated "Angel" :dummy:
Peatchoune Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a 15 yo girl, when i think about it, changing my name would be impossible, i have it since i'm born. Maybe when you grow up, your vision changes, but it would too sad to become another's family "property". I think i'll keep my name, i don't know how, though, when i'll marry.
Soriyns-Knight Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I think most women take both and put a hyphen between the two, or continue to go by their original name.
mike-horo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
In mexico its only adressed on casual speaking. A person legal name does not change upon marriage or any similar arrangement, ppl is no t property
Vashtastic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Digital Artist
im just going add a hyphen... so kind of all of the above?
Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Or take both surname and scramble the letters together to form somthing new.
NagoshiAshumari Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
They should be able to do whatever the fuck they want. Who cares? :P
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Who ever has the best last name wins! Otherwise you wind up with women named Lauren Lauren or stuff like Kate Tate. I was happy to take my husband's last name because it was so much more awesome than mine XD
bittersweetchoco Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would hyphen the two names together.
LunarMew Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yep, that's what I do with my two last names, whether I am married or not.
MrsVolv Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
And it is still requied somewhere? Owo'
No, of course not, why would they HAVE to? It's good if they can(And most do it) but don't have to. This way everyone's happy, you do not forbid traditions to those who like it but still don't force it on others who does not ^^
Lothiriell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just don't see the point. Why would I get rid of my family name to put a man's last name instead?
My mom changed her last name after her second marriage, so her name on my ID and on hers are different .-. Also it's so confusing
Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I don't know if it was ever 'required'. Just something people do
BlackFiredEyes55 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
If a woman wants to keep her sur name then more power to her! I don't think it really makes that much of a difference. I personally will most likely change my last name when I get married but that is just me.
Megumi-Kawairashii Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There was a guy who took his wife's last name to continue her families last name
since he didn't care too much about his own he did.
But then he was accused of fraud!
Just because he changed his name and apparently he had to go through this whole
process. It was ridiculous.
Just because it is not common doesn't mean a guy wont/can't do it.
Its just plain idiotic.. =____=
qazak Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually in my religion, women are required to not take their husband's first/last name after marriage, because its the father's name she should keep.
But because of the trend in West of women using their husband's names after marriage, most of us have adopted the same to avoid confusions specially in legal documents like passport etc.

p.s. loooove your idea of mixing surnames tho!
FizzyBubbles Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
People should be able to keep their surnames I guess...But they'd have to decide on what their kid would get lol.
MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Over here the first last name of the father and the mother's are given to the kid/kept. (like someone else mentioned below) so I find it weird that you have to change your last name if you get married over there, I mean, I feel like they are throwing away a parent's memory. (?) ^^; or maybe I'm just being dramatic...
renzus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If I ever Marry a girl whose surname is Pikachu I'd like to take hers! :D
LeoHightower Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends I guess
teamzoth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
lol, i guess it all depends on who has the cooler last name. My Fiance's last name is Brouillard (i'm living in quebec canada) which is french for Fog, and thats really cool...i'd rather she kept it.
I think were it would really get questiony in the future, is when you have kids....for true equality....will your kids have the wife's or the husbands last name?
ValentinesQueen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would prefer to take my husbands name but wouldn't marry him if it was a weird one like buttface.
Also, sometimes its professional to use your old name, at least I've heard...
ArtThistle Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Women don't have to take their husbands name at all. Many women I know don't. I don't know about other countries, but in Canada you can have your name pretty much anything you want. Actually, many men take their wives names. Why? Because they just choose whichever name sounds better.
ShopiStar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
As a matter of fact, this doesn't happen on Latinamerica either.

It's like Spain. When we marry, the woman's last name doesn't change, but their offspring's last name will be the Father's first last name and the Mother's first last name.

For example:
A Father is called "Hector Gonzales Rodriguez"
A Mother is called "Maria Garcia Hernandez"
Their offspring's last names will be "Gonzales Garcia"
Novenari Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I say no. I have absolutely nothing against it, and I think it's a nice thing to do, but I don't think it should be required. Although, I was tempted to say yes, because any woman who turns down the last name "Buttface" doesn't know how to live a little. ;) Mix them, or each keep separate, sure. I'd prefer to either have a woman adopt my last name in marriage, though, or keep her own. I don't want any mixing done, personally. I'd first adopt her surname fully over mixing :XD:
Flausch-Katzerl Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think they should settle on a name, but whose name it is (woman or man) is their choice.
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