Jessica Biel's Officially Mrs. Timberlake Almost One Year After Tying the Knot

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jessica biel justin timberlakeJessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have been married for almost a year -- can you believe it?! -- but the happy newlyweds only just made one thing official: her name change! That's right! A source tells Life & Style: "It's all official! The paperwork is done, and she's now legally Jessica Timberlake." Much like many stars who've chosen to keep their maiden names professionally, Jessica will reportedly remain Biel when it comes to her career.

'Course this seems like cause to celebrate, but ehh, I'm not so sure ... Having just gotten married myself in May, I'm still feeling pretty torn about the tradition.

Before we got married, I was convinced I'd do the same as Jessica Biel -- take my husband's name legally and keep my maiden name professionally. I had never imagined being a published writer with another last name ... The one thing I'm sure of is keeping my maiden name professionally. But now I'm wondering if I want to make the legal switch, too. Why is it necessary at all? I know plenty of women of all ages who've kept their maiden name despite being married for 10 to 30+ years! But maybe it would be nice to be an official Mrs. once we have kids ... so I can be clearly identified as their mom, as they'll definitely have my husband's last name. So many questions!

Feeling as confused as I have, I even went so far as to recently crowd-source my married friends on Facebook, asking how they reached the conclusion that they'd change, not change, or hyphenate their last names. Responses ran the gamut from wanting to do it to carry on a tradition to opting against it because it was heartbreaking to think of abandoning the maiden name that encompasses their identity. Basically, everything I read I agreed/identified with in one way or the other, and was thus left feeling even more clueless.

The good news is that I don't have to make a decision right now. There's no deadline on this, and cheers to that, because it's way too weighty a decision to feel pressured to make up your mind in a time crunch. While I'm still not sure if the way she's handling her married name would work for me personally, I do appreciate how Jessica's nearly-one-year-later name change goes to show the world that you don't have to do it right after tying the knot. Or who knows ... maybe never at all.

What do you think about Jessica's name change? How did you decide whether or not to change your name?

 

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nonmember avatar Lauren

There isn't anything wrong with keeping your last name. I never legally took my husband's name for a few reasons, one being that his first name is Loren. If you change your name, good for you. If you choose not to, that's fine, too.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

If the thought of changing your name freaks you out then you're really not mature enough to get married. Signing your credit card slips with a different name is one of the tiniest changes that marriage brings. 

nonmember avatar ted3553

What a stupid comment from Rhondaveggie. what law says I have to change my name to my husbands when I get married? why doesn't he have to change his to mine?

lulou lulou

Rhonda - most of the guys I know who have changed their names were not very mature, Chad Ochocingo, Beezele Bee Do Bop, Prince.

Taisie Taisie

I actually kind of agree with Rhonda. She didn't say anything about changing, or not changing your name, being the issue. She said if it "freaks you out", than maybe you aren't ready to get married, because seriously, she's right, to change or not change your name is a very small thing compared to the rest of the compromises and changes that marriage brings.


As for me, I will change my name when my fiance and I get married. It is traditional, but to me it also signifies that a whole new chapter of my life is beginning, and that while some people hold onto their maiden names because it "...encompasses their identity", I like to think that my new, married name will encompass the identity of who I, the married me, is.

Anann Anann

It's nice to accept to join your husband's family by taking his name - but - it makes geneology more difficult and an identity crises in many. Me I've been adopted, married, divorces remarried... I've had so many names how can any of them really be me. Who am I well at least they all accepted me enough to want me to be part of their family.


 

nonmember avatar Anner

I don't get what the big deal is about her changing her name...women do it everyday on the day they get married. I think the fact that she DIDN'T change it right away speaks more volumes.
And me, I did not change my name when I got married because I had been me for over 40 years. I was not about to change it just because I was now married. Not taking his name was in no way because I was "freaking" out it was, simply, I was and am me. I just did not see the reason in it.

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