But two years ago, my name wasn't Andy Golder. It was Andy Neuenschwander. I got married in 2016, and I took my wife's last name.
Here's what I've learned in the first couple years of having a shiny new last name:
Some people don't know how to respond.
People seem to think of it as a last resort.
Changing your name is hard!
Women usually love the idea...
But some men were weirded out by it.
The system isn't really set up for men.
I feel like I have to explain myself a lot.
Lots of people probably still just assume my wife changed her name.
It was all totally worth it.