Many women these days don't change their last names, for many reasons. For some, it's so they still have that connection to their families, others because they want to keep the identity they had with their maiden name (not wanting to feel like they've given up any freedoms) and others for professional reasons (they have had success in their careers and a name change could cause confusion - this would be particularly common among professionals like doctors, lawyers, college professors, and writers/journalists). And then there's always the thought that you won't have to go through the process of changing your name on your driver's license, passport, credit cards, auto loans, online shopping accounts, etc.
Whether or not you change your name is up to you. If your fiance is supportive and isn't bothered by the thought of you not taking his name, and you want to keep yours, then leave it be. You will want to have a discussion, if you have children, as to what your offsprings' last name will be. My future sis-in-law didn't change her last name, but her daughter has her husband's last name. Will the kids be hyphenated or will they have your husband's name?
· 1 decade ago