I’ve been thinking about why we change our last names when we are married. Most women I’ve talked to about it so far say that it was mainly for their children, so they could all share a name. To me, it seems like a relic of an age where women were property. First you are labeled with a name from your father, then you are given a name from your husband. At no point is your last name a reflection of you. My last name isn’t mine, it isn’t my mother’s, it belongs to my father and his father, back to a distant German man named Gotlieb. Women get no family names of their own, only men can have the authority to name their family for generations. Would you change your name for your spouse? Is it really all that different, when your name was already given to you by your father?