One in three brides keeps her maiden name

From the vows to the cutting of the cake, modern weddings often include centuries-old traditions. But one tradition that is fading fast is that of the bride taking her husband's name.

Young brides keeping their maiden names

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According to statistics compiled by Facebook, young brides are increasingly holding onto their maiden names rather than changing their surname.

The survey of 33 million Facebook users in the UK found that one in three 20-something brides opts to keep their own family name, with only 62 per cent sticking with tradition.

While the figures show that the traditional name change is still popular, when compared to the number of older brides taking their husband's names, it's clear that the idea is being challenged by young newlyweds.

The percentage of married women in their 30s who changed their name was 74 per cent, while of those now in their 60s, 88 per cent had taken their husband's family name.

Some experts claim the figures show that young women increasingly see themselves as feminists.

Rachel Thwaites, from the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of York, told the Daily Mail: "The discussion has opened up slightly, but the norm of name changing is still prevalent and there remains cultural and social pressure on women to change names.

"Women who resist this pressure are often doing so as a feminist decision or a move for equality in their relationship."

However, many newlyweds take their married name in their personal lives, while continuing to use their maiden name in the workplace.

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