I’ve finally decided to change my last name
I’ve been married for a month and a half, but I wanted to be 100% certain that I wanted to change my last name. I’ve been back and forth with the decision, and I wanted to just be at peace with giving up my maiden name. I know a lot of people have really strong opinions about this, and I’ve had a lot of people tell me before I got married that I should absolutely take my husband’s last name, but I wanted it to be my decision. I personally think that a woman is not obligated to do anything, including change her name, and she should just do what is best for her. After a lot of deliberation, I’ve realized that having his last name is what I want, and that doesn’t mean I’m giving up a part of myself.
I think it was hard for me to change my name because it represents my Kenyan ancestry and my family’s tribe. Both my middle name and my last name have history that I’m very proud of. I’m going to just make my maiden name a second middle name, and add my husband’s name onto the end so that way I can keep everything and have his name as well.
Now I just have to go through the long process of contacting all the proper companies and organizations to get my documentation in order.