Recent research in the UK has found that women are more likely to keep using their surname after marriage. Especially in the post-pandemic era, dual surnames have become very popular.
Nicola Peltz, who married David and Victoria Beckham’s son Brooklyn earlier this month, has chosen to keep her maiden name and be known as Nicola Peltz Beckham. Brooklyn Beckham even went a step further and added his wife’s maiden name to the name continuation.
Nicola’s preference is actually nothing new among women, although men do not generally prefer their wife’s last name.
Research conducted in England found that women do not give up their surname after marriage “to protect their independence”.
According to studies, a significant increase in the number of people who want to use their maiden name can be observed, especially in the first years of the pandemic.
The Land Registry Survey Office, a well-established UK law firm, said applications to retain maiden names rose 30 per cent between 2020 and 2021, the largest annual increase on record.
The UK-based company NameSwitch also said in a statement that requests to combine surnames after marriage had increased sevenfold in two years.
TV presenter Dawn Porter changed her name to Dawn O’Porter when she married actor Chris O’Dowd. Many famous women’s names in Turkey still use their own name along with their husband’s surname.