Patricia Campbell, Commercial Editor
I decided to keep my name professionally, but change it privately. As a writer you trade on your name to an extent, so keeping my maiden name was an attempt to retain the sense of self that is bound up in my work. Sounds lofty, but I didn't marry until I was 31 that's almost a decade after I began my career. I joke with my husband that the decision was all to do with maintaining good SEO, but in truth I quite like the way in which it compartmentalises work and play. I'm happy and proud to use my husband's name in every other aspect of my life, and yes, if we are lucky enough to have children, they will take his name, too. It's a very personal choice and I don't think women should be judged either way.
Fern Ross, Production Editor / Chief Sub Editor
I am not married, but my boyfriend Mark and I have been together for six years. He says he won't ask me to marry him unless I take his surname. It's Crabbie, so I really hope he's joking. On a more serious note, I have somewhat conflicting views, as on one hand I feel very attached to my name and it is a big part of who I am, especially being a journalist. However, if we were to have a family, I'd want us all to have the same name. I think that ultimately, I will change it, but it won't be an easy decision come the time.
Leisa Barnett, News and Social Media Editor
I'm getting married next year and I will take my husband's surname because I want to, not because I feel obliged to. But its actually the title Mrs that bothers me. If I were a Mr, no one would know what my marital status was (and nor would they care, as they shouldn't), or whether my name was mine, his or anything in between. I resent having to make a statement whatever I choose to do.
Sophie Beresiner, ?Beauty Director
Having resisted for the first six months of marriage, I decided to give my husband a wife with his name for his birthday. This was after many discussions, arguments, my proffered compromise (Lets start our own name! It will make us a more secure family of just us and secretly an opportunity to introduce the alliteration I always wanted - 'Sophie Silver' has a nice ring to it). In the end I spent the requisite £20 online and changed it to my husbands name by deed poll. I got my editor to witness my certificate as an extra touch since I was never going to change it for my work byline. I got it framed, wrapped and excitedly presented it on his birthday. Of course by then he'd done a silent about-turn without my knowledge, persuading me that my family name meant a lot to him now too, and why should I change it just because thats what society normalises? He's not 'abnormalised' enough to take my name himself just yet, but maybe one day. The good thing about deed poll is if the certificates aren't sent and logged with a bank or passport office, it's as if it never happened. So I'm still the same Beresiner in marriage as I was before, without compromising my relationship or my family values. Win win.