Forums > Knowledge Bank archive > KB:Can anyone explain me why Leia Organa and Mara Jade kept their own surnames along with taking their husbands'?
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While I understand the whole "strong, independent woman who doesn't take her husband's surname" thing, I kinda doubt it was brought into the SW universe, after all, they did take their husbands' surnames, so what gives? And where's this originally stipulated?--Shioroi (talk) 14:32, December 11, 2013 (UTC)
This is pretty common on Earth - "Hillary Rodham Clinton," for instance. Star Wars, despite being set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, relies heavily on modern Western sociocultural elements for galactic Human culture, and this is no exception. jSarek (talk) 21:33, December 12, 2013 (UTC)
well then, why were there only a few such characters in the expanded universe?--Shioroi (talk) 23:21, December 13, 2013 (UTC)
AFAIK there's no definitive answer, but here's something to think about. Those that we see combining their maiden names with husbands' names tend to be women who are more prominent in the galaxy: Mara, wife of the most famous Jedi in the galaxy; Leia, sister of the same and a high-profile politician; Jaina, Sword of the Jedi and famous enough to be tabloid fodder (as seen in Fate of the Jedi); etc. A general look at our own society on Earth shows a similar trend: those not dropping their maiden names are often (not always, but frequently) high-profile actresses, musicians (e.g. Faith Hill), and other celebrities who marry after becoming famous. Once they become famous and the public recognizes their name, they don't want to break that recognition by changing their name. It's possible that the same could apply in the Star Wars universe. —MJ—Council Chambers 00:12, December 14, 2013 (UTC)
We don't have too many examples of married women in Star Wars. It's possible that this is just how the culture works. I mean, I need to brush up, but I can't think of any examples of married women in Star Wars that didn't use this approach (except Padmé, whose marriage was secret.) Taral, Dark Lord of the Sith-Just shy, not antisocial: You can talk to me!- 17:18, December 17, 2013 (UTC)
Frankly I think this issue of such little significance it's almost too small to need or even have a specific reason. It's not explained explicitly why those chose to do this but I doubt the writers put too much thought into that decision. But as said above this is not at all uncommon in Western society so presumably they did it for the same reasons women in the real world do this. I would concur with the above that it would likely be for notoriety, women are usually historically referred to under the name they are most known for in which their achievements occurred if they are married. 188.8.131.52 02:14, December 18, 2013 (UTC)