When a person (traditionally the wife in many cultures) assumes the family name of his or her spouse, that name replaces the person’s birth surname, which in the case of the wife is called the maiden name. “Birth name” is also used as a gender-neutral or masculine substitute for “maiden name.” (Wikipedia)
A married name is a family name or surname adopted by a person upon marriage.
Did You Take your husbands last name ? Kept your for professional reasons? Hyphened your name ? There;s lots of options out there here a few options and One you might not even know about. Lisa
History of taking your husband last name –
Custom of taking husband last name- The Feminist Bride
Lisa Tip – Yes in the South we have our own tradition- – Read the article for a great look at this tradition- but I must confess until I married my Midwestern husband I didn’t realize it was primary a Southern tradition.
Southern Tradition on name changes Southern Weddings