Feminist Last Naming Practices

Nontraditional Last Name Stories

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Want more information on feminist and last-naming practices? Check out some of these other sources!

Feminist Blogs etc. — What’s a feminist to do? Quandaries about partnershipping, child-naming and self-representation.




Is Changing or Keeping Your Last Name a Feminist Act?   Amy Ziettlow at FeministScholars.org

Why I Changed My Last Name When I Got Married–Even Though I Have A Penis Jonathan Jackson, Huffington Post, 3/12/2013.

When California men wanted to take new names at marriage, regulations made it impossible, difficult and expensive, or easy, depending on the county. In one case, the ACLU got involved.

Genealogy and Kinship — What’s an anthropologist/genealogist to do?

Levine, Nancy. 2008. Alternative Kinship, Marriage, and Reproduction. Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 37: 375-389.


Genetic Can genetics supply the information lost by abandoning lineage-based naming practices?

^ FamilyTreeDNA. http://www.familytreedna.com/genetic-distance-markers.aspx?testtype=37, “Interpreting Genetic Distance Within Surname Projects”. Retrieved 13Dec11.

^ Sorenson Y-STR database. http://www.smgf.org/ychromosome/marker_details.jspx?marker=DYS455 “Marker details for DYS455″. Retrieved 14Jan2012.

Matronymic Where is passing names through women part of traditional practice? Where does its absence create challenges?


^ Sykes, Bryan (2001). The Seven Daughters of Eve. W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-02018_5, pp. 291-92. Sykes discusses the difficulty in genealogically tracing a maternal lineage, due to the lack of matrilineal surnames (or matrinames).

Patronymic How generalized are patrilineal systems? How did they come about?


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