New and expectant moms are constantly fielding questions about what baby name they've picked out, and pretty much 99.9 percent of the time, it's assumed that the inquiry is about the kid's first name -- not the last name. That's obviously going to be the father's, right? Not necessarily! More and more, parents are choosing to give their children the mother's maiden name, a hyphenated name, or even a blended name (in addition to going the traditional route and using dad's, of course).
Research done over a decade ago, published in The Social Science Journal, found that while about 90 percent of women with an unconventional married name still gave their kids their husband's last name, sticking to a cohesive family name seemed to be declining in importance -- for a variety of reasons.
Here, moms explain which route they chose to go with their little one's surname and why.