A year after her marriage, Jamie Otis took her spouse’s last name of Hehner. Why did she choose to change her name after marriage? Much like any other bride, Jamie had a few factors that influenced her name change decision. Not knowing her father made her less attached to her maiden name, and therefore less inclined to keep it as a married woman. She also cites that she wants to have the same last name as her children, when she has them.
Another interesting married name change factor: the “final commitment effect”, meaning her name change shows that she is completely committed to a relationship started on a socially experimental show: Married at First Sight. More and more brides today are seeing married name change as a way to show that they’re “all in” in their marriages. It’s an interesting new name change factor. If you’re curious which married name option is right for you, try playing the MarriedNameGame!
We LOVE how Jamie surprised her husband with her name change on their anniversary! She put her name change notification from Social Security in a small box and had him open it last. He cried and she cried after he opened the box and realized they now shared a last name…how adorable is that?