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June 29, 2015 3:00 am

Analysis: Jewish Women Less Likely Than Catholics to Take Husband’s Name

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A new analysis shows that women married in Jewish ceremonies are less likely to take their husband's last name than women married in Roman Catholic ceremonies. Photo: Jason Hutchens via Wikimedia Commons.

A new analysis shows that women married in Jewish ceremonies are less likely to take their husband’s last name than women married in Roman Catholic ceremonies. Photo: Jason Hutchens via Wikimedia Commons.

An analysis of New York Times wedding announcements showed that women married in Jewish ceremonies were less likely to take their husband’s last names than those married in Roman Catholic ceremonies, the Times reported on Saturday.

The largest gap between the two groups was in 1995 when 66 percent of Catholic women took their husband’s names and 33 percent of Jewish women did the same.

Nearly half of the women featured in the publication’s wedding pages since 1985 took their husband’s name after marriage, while about a quarter kept their maiden name and another quarter declined to comment. The analysis factored in 7,835 opposite-sex wedding announcements in five-year intervals.

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In 2014, 29.5 percent of women listed in the newspaper’s wedding pages kept their maiden name. The figure went up from 26 percent in 2000 and stood at a low of 16.2 percent in 1990.

Roughly 20 percent of women married in recent years have kept their maiden names, according to a Google Consumer Survey. Roughly 10 percent chose to hyphenate their name or legally change it while continuing to use their birth name professionally.

The survey also found that higher-income urban women were much more likely to keep their names, a discovery which was reflected in the wedding pages of the Times.

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  • Irving D. Cohen

    Why is there so much anger expressed in the comments in response to this simple statement ? I don’t see any suggestion that either the women who adopt their husbands’ surnames or elect to retain their own surnames are superior or inferior.

    • Irena O.

      Thank you, I agree!!

  • Given the extreme liberalism that exists among “Mainstream” Jews & the fact that this is apparently a NY population under review, the persistence of this 1970s- era militant/feminist artifact isn’t surprising. What’s surprising is that the number keeping their maiden names wasn’t bigger.
    A study that looked at Orthodox young women, or Republicans, or self-identified conservatives, or even just non-NYers, would find vastly fewer women refusing to take their husbands’ names in obedience to an ancient leftist cultural relic.

  • SARA RIFKA

    i wonder what this article has to do with what is going on in the world or with that of a JEWISH WOMENS SOUL……compared to what ?

    AND, WHY THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE HAS SPACE IN A PAPER DEDICATED TO UNVEILING THE WONDERS OF BEING A JEW IN THE WORLD OF 2015….

    I RESENT BEING COMPARED TO A CATHOLIC PERSON…ONE WHO KILLS THE CAPABILITY OF JEWS THRU HISTORY , THE PERSON WHO IS SUPPOSED TO CARE FOR THEIR OWN BUT HAS FAILED…..LOOK AT THE WORLD TODAY OF CATHOLICS AND YOU SENSE THAT A COMPARISON IS FUN.

    SO ENJOY THIS ARTICLE…..THERE IS NO COMPARISON FROM A JEW TO A GENTILE OTHER THAN BEING MORE MODEST…..A MORE CARING HOME FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND ON AND ON…..

    MOSTLY COMPARISONS ARE DIFFICULT BECAUSE BY THIS TIME IN THE WORLD…..JUST HOLDING ON TO BEING JEWISH IS DIFFICULT AND WHY.

    BECAUSE IDIOTS LIKE THIS WRITER PLACE STUPID ARTICLES LIKE THIS IN FRONT OF US.

    UNTIL WAR ENDS……A CATHOLIC AND OR A GENTILE HAS NO PLACE IN MY HOME OR HEART.

    ITS JUST TOO BAD THAT JEWISH MEN HAVE RUINED MUCH OF THIS BY THINKING THEY ARE BETTER THAN A JEWISH WOMAN……

    BETTER ASK THAT QUESTION…..NOT THROWN FROM THE BOAT.

  • Emmett

    First, consider the source. “News” coming from a leftist rag, such as the J-Street Times is totally unreliable. Second, look what they’re referring to as Jews. Most if not all those leftist/reformers call themselves Jews, but in reality are not.
    Someone at Algemeiner is not doing their job. Unless it is the company objective to distribute knowingly false information.

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