It used to be a given that when a woman got married, she changed her last name to match her husband’s (and any children’s that might come along).

Nowadays, though, people are doing things differently, and women are taking the time to actually consider whether or not a legal name change is right for them.

These 2o women decided against it, and their sharing their reasons below!

20. We’ve got better things to do.

Like, a whole lot of them.

19. They might be an exception.

It’s still a valid point though.

18. She’s still the same person.

Why should her name change?

17. A short list.

Of very excellent reasons.

16. She’s connected to it.

As are we all.

15. As simple as that.

It’s kind of weird to change it if you think about it that way.

14. It could feel like starting over.

And no one wants to do that.

13. Maybe it’s time for a change.

Equal partners and all of that.

12. If it ain’t broke…

Y0u know how the rest of it goes.

11. I think we all know the answer.

We can say it again, though.

10. It never hurts to have options.

Or at least, for the other person to realize you do.

9. We’ve had it a long time.

There’s something comforting in that.

8. In a nutshell.

What are the reasons TO do it, honestly?

7. It can be a career decision.

But it doesn’t have to be.

6. Because men don’t have to?

I’ve never really thought about it that way…

5. He didn’t earn it.

Props to you, girl!

4. Right there will be fine.

And don’t hog my sun.

3. It’s a lot of work.

Who has the time?

2. No one wants to feel like that.

Or at least, they shouldn’t.

1. It’s really not a big deal.

Or at least it doesn’t have to be one.

It’s always interesting to hear people’s reasons for things like this, but a simple “I didn’t want to” is fine, too.

If you decided to keep your name after marriage and want to share your “why,” our comments are open!