Sarah Michelle Gellar is no more.
The actress recently changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prinze, taking the name of her husband of 7 years, hunky Freddie Jr. (She also gave birth to their daughter, Charlotte Grace, last Saturday – congrats!)
Some stars change their names when they get married, like Sarah. Others hyphenate or combine: Eva Longoria Parker, Ashlee Simpson Wentz, Courteney Cox-Arquette. But for most celebrity wives,
their professional name stays the same: Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, etc., etc., etc. And she’s not Fergie Duhamel!
Keeping your name definitely makes sense when you’re famous, because you’ve built a resume, a reputation and an image around that name. But what about for the rest of us?
For me, my last name is a crucial part of my identity. Changing that would be a BIG DEAL. Without my last name, I’m just “Jessica.” Who is that? And then by attaching my husband’s name, I’d become part of his family somehow? No! I’m still me! But yet, what holds me back is that I’d want my kids to have the same last name as me. I could hyphenate, but my last name is too long to sound good in combo like that. So, for the sake of having a cohesive family name, I think that I’ll eventually change.
James and Jessica Franco has a nice ring to it, anyway.
How about you? If you marry, will you keep, hyphenate or change? (Or maybe you have a more creative plan!) Or, if you are married, what did you do?