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Would You Take Your Wife’s Last Name?

Lakshuman Khanal
Section Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

I would not take my wife’s surname. Neither would I require my wife to take mine. It’s because every individual is so used to their name and surname from the day they know it that it would not be fair to ask somebody to change a portion of their name, be it a man or a woman, only because they have married.

Even in practical terms, it would be inconvenient for one to change the surname after marriage since they usually obtain many academic degrees and other important documents in their original surname.