Creating an entirely new surname is not necessarily a common practice in the United States, but perhaps it has the most benefits of all the naming practices. For one thing, the name can be concise, a definite benefit compared to the often lengthy names that are created through hyphenation. For another, a created name symbolizes the creation of a new family. Equality is created since both spouses give up their names. However, there is a tinge of irony behind the feminist goal of a created name; oftentimes people will assume that the created name is actually just the husband’s name, overshadowing the effort to value both spouses’ names equally.
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