IL folks, I want to know if modern women are interested to retain their family last name after their marriage. Is this a sign of independence for modern women who have decided to retain their original family surname after marriage. I have been researching this topic for sometime and found conflicting data in internet, news channels, blogs etc, hence the question on this forum. PS: My DW has retained her Original Name and our both kids got just 5 character names[I named by son and she named our daughter] which satisfied her I believe. Does it bother me ? I don't know. hyphenating a name seems to me is a compromise just like politics of I am not a Leftist nor a Rightist ideology. Luckily my kids don't have hyphenated names and I am happy for them but still when somebody asks them what is their family name then it will be a blank stare from my kids.