Sixty-seven percent of Americans think that a woman should take her husband’s surname upon marriage, according to an Indiana University survey of 815 adults.

In fact, the poll found that 50 percent think there should be a law requiring wives to adopt the last name of their husbands.

While there is no comprehensive information on what women do with their last name after marriage, a study of wedding announcements in The New York Times suggests a more traditional trend. While the percentage of women keeping their name apexed in the ’90s, the custom of a wife assuming her husband’s last name picked up again in the ’00s.


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