In my never ending question to be the most popular non-famous person on Facebook (562 friends! woot! woot!), I was sending friend requests out to old high school acquaintances the other day. During this befriending frenzy, I noticed that one of the guys I went to high school with no longer went by the same last name. In fact, I only knew it was him because he put his old last name in parenthesis. It wasn't until he had accepted my friend request that I went to his page and found out why his name had changed...he had taken his wife's last name.
This was not the first time I had seen this. One of my former students has done the same thing. To me, this is very odd. It is like this weird feminist, downward spiral.
First, women started hyphenating their names. Okay, whatever. I always wonder what happens when a kid who is born with a hyphenated name marries someone with a hyphenated name...do they become Britney Jones-Brown-Smith-Henderson? Where does the hyphenating end? What about their children? I would hate to see what the last names looked like after a few generations...
Then there are the women who keep their last names. You love someone enough to say you will spend the rest of your life with them, but you won't take their last name? Odd. What happens to when they have children? Whose last name do they take? Is this the beginning of the hyphenation?
Now we have men who are taking their wife's last name. I am currently chalking this one up to the fact that these men didn't like their families or something. Maybe they've always hated their last name. Maybe their wife's family name is going to die out, so they decide to take it on and pass it on to their children.
Whatever the reason is, I'm not into it. I'm a traditionalist.