Imagine my surprise when I came home today to mail adressed to me with my married name...eight months before the wedding? It was just a mailer from our mortgage company (and it was clearly a mistake since we cosigned for our house with our current names) but it was fun because it was an unexpected reminder that married life is on its way. I can’t wait!
This little incident also made me think about the issue of name changing in general. If I had any attachment to my last name I would keep it. But because a) both Drew and I have extremely generic last names b) my family name was changed at Ellis Island so it doesn’t have much history and c) its just so much more convenient I didn’t think twice about it. I understand and agree with women keeping their names if they have a personal reason, although there is something about sharing a name with your significant other that speaks to the whole partnership aspect of a relationship. It doesn’t have to be the groom’s last name. I’ve heard pretty endearing stories about men taking their wife’s name and of course there is always hyphenation (as long as your poor future kindergartner doesn’t have a 37 letter name to spell). In the end its always a personal choice, but I do think its cool that we have so many more options today, even if I did end up with the typical one. Drew’s family name did use to be Fury back in the day though, so maybe we’ll have to change it back because that’s pretty sweet!