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12.01.2015
For all of Western history, the standard, culturally accepted practice was for women to take their husband's last name when they got married. Pros: Sharing a name solidifies your partnership and marriage, it’s a fun change (if your spouse has a cool name), and it will make filling out any government or financial documents a lot easier.
Cons: The process is time-consuming and frustrating, there’s a risk of changing your professional identity, and you’re losing that connection to your family line. After reading this highly entertaining blog post on how to change your last name after marriage, I’m realizing that this process is anything but fun.
About Wedding Shoppe Blogger: Hannah ArkelinQuite simply, I love everything wedding-related!
If there's a group of women with a notable last name right now, it would have to be the Kardashians.
But the fact that most women are willing to change their names doesn't mean the decision is an easy one. There are a myriad of options when it comes to the name-change debate: you can keep your name, take his, take his last name and make your maiden name your middle name, take his last name legally but keep yours professionally, or hyphenate the two names (TheKnot's survey found that just 6 percent of women hyphenated their names last year, and the practice seems to get a collective "no thanks" from women in wedding website community forums).
Women who keep their names have tended to marry older, have higher levels of education and are more likely to work in medicine, the arts or entertainment than women who take their husband's names, according to the 2009 study. Women "view it as some crazy glue holding their marriage together," said Claudia Goldin, a Harvard economics professor. The reasons women cite for taking their spouse's surname vary: some like the tradition of it, and others find it romantic. Powers, who is getting a master's degree in new media and women's studies, argued that her decision doesn't conflict with her belief in female equality and autonomy.
Stephanie Coontz, a professor of history and family studies at Evergreen College and author of several books about American family structure, said that many of the women who changed their names in the 1970s did so in response to inequality that had been built in to marriage for so long.
According to Diana Boxer, a professor of linguistics at the University of Florida who studies gender and language, today's feminists aren't concerned by many of the issues that riled feminists in the past. Boxer argued that the number of women changing their names today can in part be explained by an uptick in the cultural emphasis on romance. A 2009 survey by researchers at Indiana University showed that 71 percent of respondents believed a woman should change her name, and half of those respondents went so far as to say the practice should be legally required.
When writer Julia Porter blogged about deciding to keep her name, commenters accused her of not really loving her husband. Some women and their fiances sidestep the decision -- and potential judgment -- by taking a different path altogether.
Eric Jankstrom, 28, formerly Eric Jankowsky, works in television in New York and is among the small number of men giving up part of their names. The couple agreed there was something appealing about creating a new family tree, and they’ve since dreamed of what the Jankstroms might accomplish.
Emily Zeugner, 32, who works in media in New York, and her husband, Amos Kenigsberg, made a similar decision -- they changed their last name to Zeeberg. The new last name was hard for both of them to get used to at first, she said, and her husband got a lot of comments from surprised Facebook friends.
There's no sign that nuptial portmanteaus are sweeping the nation -- yet -- but that's not so surprising, considering how attached some men are to their names, and to everyone else in the family taking those names. Kate Sullivan, 33, a New Jersey wedding planner who was married in January, plans to take her husband’s name, Corpuz. Though Sullivan said her husband wouldn’t have kicked and screamed if she kept her maiden name, it certainly mattered to him: Even the couple’s dog, Baily, who currently has both of their last names (separated by a hyphen) will soon have his official surname changed.
Frozen Fiefdom - AFFIDAVIT OF ANNA KATHRYN SANDERS, Former ALASKA STATE TROOPER, and MY OLDER SISTERA A Fortunately, someone's curious questions reminded me that I still have much more information to publish, including this Affidavit.
It says something about me that two of my favorite Gorka songs, occurring back-to-back on the 1994 album Out of the Valley, explore the dark side of Johna€™s psyche. The first is a€?Bigtime Lonesome.a€? It describes the pulling apart of a couple in which the woman, unsatisfied with her wandering partner (John, himself?), sends him packing when he proposes. The emotional terrain was all too familiar when I first heard it and, though life has been good -- Ia€™ve been gifted with a loving, solid marriage -- the darkness still calls to me. Johna€™s dark, comedic sense shines on two other songs on the album, a€?Mystery to Mea€? and a€?Up Until Then.a€? Here we encounter his trademark sarcasm and laser-sharp perception of human foibles. John soldiered through his Fast Folk Cafe performance and the cafe survived for another four years until the lease ran out (giving the landlord the opportunity to charge higher rent to a carpet store -- also now defunct). In it, Gluck quotes Jennie Esposito, who ran the folk group: a€?Jennie Esposito remembers her first encounter with John Gorka. At some point, after graduating from college, he lived in the basement of Godfrey Daniels for a few months. When his first recording came out, his voice had a deeper sound, similar to that of Stan Rogers.
I mentioned to John that he shows a great amount of empathy in his songs and asked how it developed and if the Fast Folk experience enlarged upon that.
When I asked about some memorable experiences during this time, John recalled: a€?I remember singing on a tabletop with Shawn Colvin at the first Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 1988. Novelist and short story writer Richard Ford, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was a new name to this author.
The album Jacka€™s Crows was released in 1991, and the title track caused some speculation among some of us who thought it might be about attendees of Jack Hardya€™s song swap and their sharp critiques. His 2006 CD Writing in the Margins included themes that strike deep into the heart on both a national and personal level.
The album also contains a cover of one of his favorite Stan Rogers songs, a€?The Lock Keeper,a€? an eloquent musing on the sacredness of home life.
That way, the family line could be traced back generations and generations, from a young boy to his great-great-great-grandfather. Make sure your friends and family know that you’re changing your name in case they are in the market for monogrammed wedding gifts.


If you are going on a honeymoon right after the wedding, use your maiden name when purchasing any plane tickets since your passport will not be updated. Go to your local Social Security Office with your marriage license, driver’s license, and the ss-5 form filled out. Now that the hard part is over, it’s time to make a list of any other places your maiden name is filed. But if you follow these steps, remain patient, and keep your eyes on the prize, you’ll be happy you went through with it. From acronyms to religious customs, Wedding Shoppe, Inc.'s Wedding Encyclopedia is here to help!
But the fame attached to that name isn't keeping middle sister Kim from dropping her celebrity moniker when she weds New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries this weekend.
Making that choice can bring up all sorts of emotions -- and we're not just talking about the homicidal urges prompted by back-to-back visits to the DMV and the Social Security office. Her desire to do that, she said, outweighed her occasional feelings of envy toward the girls her brothers date. But when women who've built entire brands on their maiden names are giving them up -- like Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry, who's legally Mrs.
In 2004, Goldin studied the New York Times' marriage announcements, Massachusetts birth records and Harvard alumni records, and found that fewer college-educated women were keeping their names than in the 1970s and 1980s.
In some cases, it's more important to their husbands, and some feel it will be more convenient once they have children. Her name was Renee Woodward until she got married two years ago and took her husband's name. It legally did so," Coontz said, noting that during research for a recent book, she came across the story of a woman who couldn't get an apartment without the permission of her husband, who was in an insane asylum.
Perfect, and now that I'm going to get married, I want to do everything the romantic way,'" she said.
These numbers may help to explain why those who keep their names are sometimes criticized for their choice.
It's not an uncommon response -- women who blog or post to online forums that they are keeping their names are often asked whether they are really committed. He and his wife Laura Lindstrom got married last August and are calling themselves the Jankstroms. Hea€™s the one who gets it better than everybody else, and delivers it in a voice so rich, it makes Pavarotti weep.
The voices and names poured out of the speakers: Greg Brown, Shawn Colvin, Cliff Eberhardt, Lucy Kaplansky and a€¦ John Gorka.
An online description states that a€?he got his first guitar as a Christmas gift, but it was taken by his older brother soon afterward.a€? It makes his brother sound selfish, but the full story is different. As he describes it: a€?My first banjo books were Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo which also had a companion record album, and was very helpful. He says that Stan made an impact on him and that he inadvertently absorbed Stana€™s vocal style.
He learned about Jacka€™s New York song swap group and the principle that you could improve as a songwriter by writing one song per week and playing it for the group, whose attendees would give feedback.
He replied: a€?I know people started taking notice of my songs when I started to write about the neighborhood around Godfrey Daniels and some of the local characters. It had started to pour rain and everyone moved into the ski lodge (the festival was held at the Catamount Ski Area). In the beginning there was a€?I saw a Stranger with Your Hair.a€? Ita€™s on his first album, I Know and is listed as one of the tracks on the first Fast Folk Musical Magazine recording.
A ship is passing through the lock and the sailor exhorts the lock keeper to free himself and follow him. However, there are elements that prevent his work from getting old: mastery of language and the ingenious way he combines phrases.
It's a simple enough solution to the question of how to identify that someone is related to someone else, and its application on a massive cultural scale meant everyone was playing by the same rules.
It won’t take away the urge to pull your hair out, but these steps will get you one step closer to the new Mr.
A name change is definitely one of those important questions to ask before getting married. This should be done as soon as you have your new Social Security card, driver’s license, and marriage license. Some women even argue, counterintuitively, that taking their husband’s name is a feminist choice. The practice was introduced by Lucy Stone in the 1850s and adopted by members of the Lucy Stone League in the 1920s. Much of what was played was generously sprinkled with a€?graduatesa€? of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine stable of discoveries. He states: a€?I knew I wanted to be a writer before I knew that music was going to be the route Ia€™d take. Ita€™s fun to contemplate what kind of impact the big baritone of this newcomer musta€™ve made on audiences back then. At Jacka€™s urging, he moved to New York and became one of the Fast Folk Musical Magazinea€™s greatest co-operating musicians, and one of its more well-known a€?graduates.a€? Emusic lists John as being a contributor on 14 of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine recordings.
Wea€™re witness to a perfect marriage of melody to words and, of course, that astonishing instrument, his voice. In the songs Ia€™m talking about, there is a melancholy so pure, so true to the human experience, it brings tears to your eyes with the expression of its stinging light. Much of what was played was generously sprinkled with a€?graduatesa€? of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine stable of discoveries.A  A lot of them had played at the Speakeasy, a Greenwich Village venue on MacDougal Street.
It seemed that my songs sounded better to me than the versions of other peoplea€™s songs that I was trying to learn.


At Jacka€™s urging, he moved to New York and became one of the Fast Folk Musical Magazinea€™s greatest co-operating musicians, and one of its more well-known a€?graduates.a€?A  Emusic lists John as being a contributor on 14 of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine recordings. But in the past few decades, as marriage comes to mean less and less and as more and more people are waking up to the weird ways in which our culture takes things away from women that it doesn't take away from men, people have started trying to solve the last-name problem differently. You will have to bring an original to the DMV, the Social Security Office, and even the bank. The Social Security Administration will notify the IRS of your name change, so you’ll be killing two birds with one stone.
I also recommend checking your local DMV’s website for any forms you can fill out beforehand. If you have health insurance through your employer, HR will take care of the paperwork for you.
I enjoy exploring the Twin Cities, traveling, and going on long walks with my curious dog, Watson. At around 1996, when I realized that I didna€™t have the tools to be a performing songwriter, I figured I might be happy singing Gorka covers for the rest of my life as a music feature at poetry readings.
I had already started playing banjo and loved Scruggs style and the melodic style, as well as clawhammer and Seeger styles. Ita€™s there in his song a€?Thata€™s How Legends are Made,a€? written about the great Canadian folk singer, the late Stan Rogers and his brother, Garnet. Among the many John learned from he cites, a€?to name a few,a€? Claudia Schmidt, Roselie Sorrels and Dave Van Ronk.
There are two instrumentals on the album, a€?Fret Onea€? and a€?Fret Not.a€? Recording in his home studio allowed John to explore the sheer joy of letting an instrument do the singing.
When that closed in 1992, Fast Folka€™s founder, Jack Hardy, looked for two years and found a space in TriBeCa to provide a listener-friendly place to play. Ita€™s there in his song a€?Thata€™s How Legends are Made,a€?A  written about the great Canadian folk singer, the late Stan Rogers and his brother, Garnet. You can choose to hyphenate both names, or even change your middle name to your maiden name.
Feel free to do this step by mail if you want to avoid one government building (understandable). By the 2000s, only 18 percent of women were keeping their names, according to a 2009 study published in the journal Social Behavior and Personality. When I started to try songwriting I realized that through music I could express more than I could through words alone. We listened to the radio growing up and I loved the Beatles and Elvis but didna€™t really think that I would ever do music for a living. When he headed out on tour, taking his songs and big voice out on the road, some of those hea€™d opened for, opened doors for him.
The song, a€?Ignorance and Privilege,a€? was sparked by Molly Ivinsa€™ remark about George W. I wrote a€?Ia€™m From New Jerseya€? after reading his book The Sportswriter.A  I admire the poets for their ability to sing with words alone. There are the names that just get added to the end of the person's original name, like Kim Kardashian West. No matter if you are a local Minnesota bride or in any of the other 49 states, we've got you covered? When I sing them, in my head to myself, they roll in, one after another in an almost endless chain, then loop around and start repeating. I got a guitar for Christmas, but my hands were too small and the strings were too far from the fretboard so my brother took it and carved his name in it. I learned quite a few chords from my brother and he was very generous in lending me songbooks and knows a lot about music.
A year later, Jack headed back out on the road to get back to his career and left the cafe in the hands of volunteers. A  Plenty of hearsay, and inaccurate facts are presented below in this Affidavit of Anna K.
John states in an interview I found online: a€?People were sitting around the front room passing around a guitar. Sanders.A  I wonder how accurate her formal reports were when she was an Alaska State Trooper? He hesitated between songs, appearing to try out a new persona, a€?the slow guy.a€? This brilliant performer haltingly spoke his song introductions, causing Lucy to look at him quizzically. Hea€™ll listen to the names of songs and respond, a€?I recognize those names as songs Ia€™ve writtena€¦a€? In other words, a€?there are too many to sing, and Ia€™ll do the ones I want to do.a€? Ita€™s an unusual audience member who goes away unsatisfied.
A  There's an Unsolved Mystery right there:A  How could I have been "Found" by LAPD or anyone, when I was never "Missing" nor Lost? A  I assumed she was feeling a bit down over the slumping economy and her own financial position, and wasn't keeping up with personal grooming, and wasn't concerned about her appearance. Grant would like to request the videotapes of the Key West Airport baggage claim during my arrival on that date, so we can all have a review of the appearance of Anna, and me. Grant, Attorney at Law, Juneau, AK From Wedding Bells to Tales to Tell: The Affidavit of Eric William Swanson, my former spouse AFFIDAVIT OF SHANNON MARIE MCCORMICK, My Former Best Friend THE AFFIDAVIT OF VALERIE BRITTINA ROSE, My daughter, aged 21 THE BEAGLE BRAYS!
HELL'S BELLS: THE TELLS OF THE ELVES RING LOUD AND CLEAR IDENTITY THEFT, MISINFORMATION, AND THE GETTING THE INFAMOUS RUNAROUND Double Entendre and DoubleSpeak, Innuendos and Intimidation, Coercion v Common Sense, Komply (with a K) v Knowledge = DDIICCKK; Who's Gunna Call it a Draw? AFFIDAVIT OF ANNA KATHRYN SANDERS, Former ALASKA STATE TROOPER, and MY OLDER SISTERA A Fortunately, someone's curious questions reminded me that I still have much more information to publish, including this Affidavit. A  How about some facts, such as the Officer's name, time, location of the vehicle, etc.




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