Woman's name change after marriage

Posted by Michael on January 19, 2002

I was wondering if anyone knows why women change their last name to the man's last name when they marry, and where did this practice begin? I personally think this practice is somewhat demeaning, though I know few women who really care one way or the other. My wife changed her last name to mine, though as an afterthought, we wished we had kept her last name and hyphenated it with mine. Changing it after the fact is quite costly and it can only be done one time - in America. The worst part is when she receives mail in the name of Mrs. Michael *****, instead of Mrs. Her Name. This bugs me too. Help.