A co-worker of mine is getting married soon. She is keeping her maiden name because, as she says, it’s the only link she has too her father, with whom she was very close and who died a couple of years ago. Her husband is okay with this; it was actually his idea. They plan to give their children a hyphenated combination of both last names. I.E., if hers is Smith, his is Jones, the kids will be Smith-Jones.
I was wondering if the tradition of a bride changing her name is just tradition or if there is something in the scriptures or Catechism that addresses this issue specifically??