Once upon a time, a married woman took her husband’s surname, no questions asked. It was just what happened, right? Nobody really debated it.


I remember seeing post addressed to my parents in the format ‘Mr and Mrs Graham Stallard’, and thinking nothing of it. In more recent years, I’ve seen friends double-barrel their names, joining two surnames together and therefore keeping the ‘heritage’ of both.


Then, recently, I heard a collective gasp as Brooklyn Beckham and his new wife Nicola Peltz incorporated their surnames, both becoming Peltz Beckham – and making it official in that most modern way, via an Instagram post. The ultimate show of equality, the captions read. It is still rare, it seems, for a husband to take his wife’s name.


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