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Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner's surname, or she keeps...

Posted by Zoe Saldana on Monday, June 8, 2015

We've seen it in society that unwed mothers are not giving their children the father's surname. I have to admit that when my daughter was first born, she had my last name. I was married, but with her father exiting the picture, I wanted her to have my surname because I planned on changing mine upon divorce. Out of hope that things would have worked out, I changed her surname to her father's before it was finalized. Unfortunately, she underwent another surname change when our trio became a duo again. I've come to learn that I am one of the growing number of young moms that is doing this; giving our children our (the mother's) surnames.

It may just be social media and easier access to public information (slash lack of privacy) due to technological advancements, but celebrity moms like Zoe Saldana and Shakira are not hiding the fact that their children (and now Zoe's husband) are taking their surnames. 

Personally, Rouge Lioness is loving this tradition breaking trendsetting roller coaster of who is taking who's surname and not caring what tradition says. It's becoming more and more apparent that the traditions of wives taking the husband's name upon marriage and children take the father's surname upon birth is becoming less common with Millenials.

In the June 2015 issue of InStyle, Saldana (mother of twins, Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio Perego-Saldana, 7 months) provides the best statement from her husband about him caring what others will think about him taking her surname. Judging by the number of folks that have taken to social media regarding this trending topic of Marco Perego becoming Marco Saldana, people obviously could not wait to discuss his response. And not giving a "shhheeeetttt!!" is the perfect response!!

Also, it's no secret that Shakira's adorable sons (Milan Piqué Mebarak, 2 years and Sasha Piqué Mebarak, 6 months) share their parents surnames (ending with hers). While the beautiful couple is unmarried, it leaves us to wonder if upon a future marriage, will Shakira and partner, Gerard Piqué change their surnames to match their sons'. One thing we do know is that they are building a beautiful family (both of them are), and we wish both families nothing but happiness!

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