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Nine Men Who Took Their Wife's Last Name

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This provocative question was posed in a popular article by Jill Filipovoic at The Guardian. The focus of her article, however, is on how women should stop changing their names.

"Your name is your identity," Filipovic writes, and "the cultural assumption that women will change their names upon marriage ... cannot be without consequence."

But we wanted to know if there are actually men out there who have taken their wife's name. It turns out there are.

Mike Salinger took his wife Donna's last name. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would have caused as much of a stir as it did," he told USA Today. Barry Chalfin Lenair made his "maiden" name his middle name, and took his wife's surname. "I realized that it was an important thing to do for me...and for the people who used to call me Mr. Lenair anyway," he told TODAY. "I don't regret it for a second."

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