I didn't really give it much consideration for most of my life, but suddenly when I think about it, it doesn't make any sense. Marriages aren't even permanent -- divorce is very common, and after a divorce, changing your name back is probably a huge pain in the ass. Not to mention that your married years are probably your career-building years, so your husband's last name would be tied to your professional identity. So after ten years time, it might be that you're stuck with the last name of someone you barely even remember.
Even if marriage was permenant and true love was real, why would you want to have someone else's last name at all? What does it matter?
As a woman, why would you agree to changing your last name?
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It would be easier to keep my own last name, since I already have my work and papers tied to it, not to mention bank accounts, license (ugh that means a DMV trip), social security, and all that, but if it's important to him I can change it. Besides, it may be best if the family's under one name, whether it's my last name or his, guess it doesn't matter. Probably will be his considering that's the traditional way to do it, and it's a rather harmless tradition.
Plus it'd be nice to have the same last name as my kids so there's that to consider. My mom has a different last name than my dad and it's gotten confusing for other people sometimes.
Anyway, I notice many women in my field keep their own last names for their work, so maybe I can do that. We'll see! Cross that bridge when I come to it.0