NAME GAME

09.09.13

Take Your Husband’s Name? It’s Complicated

Many now opt for hyphenates, combining names, among others.

Getting ready to write that check for Mr. and Mrs. before the wedding? Not so fast: there are plenty of options for couples getting married, whether they be heterosexual or same-sex weddings—and everyone has an opinion. With marriage being delayed these days, coupled with men and women both having careers, many are forgoing tradition and making their own rules. “Some people don’t mind taking the last name, but it wasn’t really something I was excited for,” said Sarah Marbach. Saying her husband is from Tennessee where “it’s more traditional,” Marbach and her husband, Josh Greeson, combined their names to make Greesonbach. For Alexis Rodriguez, the decision to take her husband’s name took two years after they got married. “A lot of women I know waited to change their names or are waiting,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez herself said taking her husband’s name—Alvich—was especially difficult due to her Hispanic heritage, but she said in the end she settled on Rodriguez Alvich. “The first place I changed it was on Facebook,” she said. “I thought, well, if it’s on Facebook, it’s out there. That’s the place that mattered.”