Should I Change My Name? The Impact of Your Last Name on Identity, Marriage, and Happiness

By Marcia K. Morgan, MS '79 (public affairs), MS '88 (sociology)

This book explores the tradition of women changing their names at marriage and other cultures that do not. Whether in same-sex or heterosexual couples, names play an important role impacting children, career, identity, and ultimately happiness. Buckle up as the author explores the dark history in our country and the fights of the suffragists for a woman's right to keep her name. The author does a deep dive into the pros and cons of the six naming options (from keeping your own surname to hyphenating). The firsthand accounts illuminate how gender roles, religion, and family of origin can deeply influence name preferences.

Migima, 2021