1 in 5 women consider creating a new marital surname

24 Nov 2016

A new survey has revealed that women are increasingly considering a brand new surname when they get married

Recent research by events planner and founder of Your Planning Angel, Heather Angell, has revealed that more than 20% of women consider creating a new surname by merging their own with their groom’s when they marry.

The online study, carried out by Heather among brides-to-be, also showed that a further 20% would probably keep their maiden name.

Surname merging is a growing trend and one that has led the UK Deed Poll Service to create a new system to cope with demand. According to the organisation, more than 800 British couples – the majority in their twenties or early thirties - blend their surnames every year.

Reflecting on these findings, Heather said: “When I got married in 2010 I faced a difficult decision about my surname. At the time, I was climbing the career ladder in the banking industry and I worried that changing my surname could damage my career. Equally, I wanted to have children and wanted our family to share the same surname."

She continues: "After much debate, my husband took my surname and we became a family of four happy Angells. However, this was still seen as quite an unusual option and it caused quite a stir within our family.”

Surname options include:

  • Retaining your maiden name. However, this can cause confusion when children come along as, traditionally, the child takes the father's surname. This is why many people choose the merging option.
  • Take both surnames and create a double barrelled surname. Yet Heather is not convinced this is viable in the long term. “If the couple have children who marry and then their children marry, the surnames become unmanageably long.”
  • Take both surnames and create a double barrelled surname. Heather cautions: “A brand new surname could upset your family as it can be seen as a rejection of your past and family tradition. It can also bring about the end of a family name if there are no siblings to perpetuate it."

Read bride-to-be Jessica Phillipson's considerations when deciding whether or not to change her surname here.

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