Study: More women choosing to keep maiden name

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new trend is on the rise: women are choosing to keep their maiden names after getting married.

According to a new study by The New York Times’ The Upshot blog, about 30 percent of women have chosen to keep their maiden names in some way after getting married.

The blog found about 20 percent kept their full last name, while 10 percent chose to hyphenate their two names.

It said women who keep their names are normally high income urban women. In 1990, 16.2 percent of high income women kept their maiden name. Today, it is 29.5 percent.

The New York Times said some women who choose to keep their maiden name do not do it for feminists reasons.

“It’s not necessarily a feminist reason, but it’s just my name for 33 years of my life,” said Donna Suh, who married last year. “Plus, I’m Asian and he’s not, so it’s less confusing for me to not have a white name. And on social media I thought it might be harder to find me,” Suh told The New York Times.

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