Who says a woman needs to take her husband’s last name after marriage? Zoe Saldana’s husband, Marco, thought otherwise and took on Saldana’s last name.

“I tried to talk him out of it,” Saldana confessed to InStyle. “I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.'”Her husband’s reaction? “Marco looks up at me and says, ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a s–t.'”
In a lengthy Facebook post, Saldana explained their reasoning behind it.

Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner’s surname, or she keeps…

Posted by Zoe Saldana on Monday, June 8, 2015

Of course this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. There are some people who still believe in ‘tradition’ and would scoff at the idea of taking on their wives’ name. But is it really a big deal?

Clutchettes, what do you think about a man taking on a woman’s name?

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  • Jaya

    He could take my name or I will take his. Wouldn’t bother me either way. Or we might just keep our own names. The only issue might be which last name our children will use.

  • Ev

    I dont care about a man taking their wifes name. My issue is “who was he before her?” and “why does he feel the need to take her last name?”. Seems like he’s trying to ride her coat tails, but thats just my opinion

  • binks

    If that is a couple’s cup of tea, I don’t have a problem with it. As for me, I am for the school of I don’t have a problem taking my husband’s last name but I do want to use my name for work purposes. But I do wonder how much of him taking her last name have to do with her being the bigger star and her name having star power. I wonder if positions were reverse would he still feel the same way?

  • PrimmestPlum

    It honestly depends on what his last name is. Some surnames sound more phonetically pleasing than others. Whether it’s the wife’s or husband’s or if it’s hyphenated.

    For example, if I were to marry someone with the surname of Butkiss, I’m keeping my mundane surname of Johnson because I don’t want to be known as Mrs. Butkiss. I also wouldn’t hold it against a man if he wanted my surname because he didn’t like his.

    Also some surnames sound cooler hyphenated. Like, Garcia-Obe or Hassan-Tilman. I’m pretty neutral on the whole men taking a woman’s surname issue.

  • bamboo_princess

    My husband and I talked about it. I wasnt interested in taking his last name and he asked what I thought about him taking mine. I was cool with it, but in the end it was just so much easier to keep our own names