After she and Blake Shelton tied the knot in 2011, Lambert confirmed her name change, tweeting, “Mrs Shelton here! Winning!!!!!” However, most still referred to her by her maiden name, which she still went professionally – which made for an easier transition after the two announced their split in 2015.
After it was revealed that the former Amal Alamuddin had taken her new husband’s last name, there was a bit of social media backlash. But the human rights lawyer stood by her decision – she’s still a Clooney today!
KIM KARDASHIAN WEST
She’s got one of the best-known last names in the world – so it makes sense that when Kim Kardashian married Kanye West, she merely added his name to hers, rather than dropping the Kardashian entirely.
Formerly Vanessa Minnillo, now Vanessa Lachey, said that she wanted to take her husband Nick Lachey’s last name because she’s “old fashioned.” After their 2012 wedding, she told PEOPLE: “We talked about it and he was so sweet,” she says. “He said, ‘Whatever you want, I understand.’ And I said, ‘But would it mean a lot to you if I took it? Because I’m old fashioned and I want to.’ And he said, ‘What guy wouldn’t want their girl to take their name fully?’ [But] He didn’t push me, no, no, no.”
When Fergie changed her name, it wasn’t just because she got married. The singer dropped her birth name, Stacy Ann Ferguson, to go by Fergie instead. And for her last name, she chose to take her husband, Josh Duhamel’s. Not that we can blame her – Fergie Ferguson is a mouthful!
They were together for nearly a decade before they tied the knot, so when Jolie-Pitt made things official with Brad, she wanted to make it official in name, too. The actress-director-humanitarian debuted her new name writing an op-ed for the New York Times about her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
While professionally, she still goes by Biel, the former 7th Heaven star chose to take her husband’s last name in all things personal. “Yes, I’m changing my name,” she told PEOPLE after their wedding. “My professional name will still be the same, but for life, yes, I think it sounds great. I think I really won the jackpot of names.”
Yes, there was a time when Victoria Beckham wasn’t Victoria Beckham. Considering she was better known as “Posh Spice” at the time when she and David tied the knot (back in 1999), calling her any name other than Beckham somehow feels wrong.
They only knew each other for a few months before their wedding, but Khloé Kardashian still knew she wanted to add Odom to her name. Like her sister Kim, she didn’t drop Kardashian, and luckily so: After the couple announced their separation, she dropped Odom from her name.
JADA PINKETT SMITH
The Smith at the end of Jada’s name is so natural it’s hard to imagine there was a time were it wasn’t there. But there was – before her 1997 wedding!
The Olympian debuted her name change – to Shawn East – on Facebook days after her Franklin, Tenn. nuptials.