After a tear-shedding engagement, bridesmaid/groomsman/officiant question popping, ceremony + reception planning and finally the actual wedding, the next big decision on the marriage checklist is whether you鈥檒l be changing your last name or not.

Recently, Zoe Saldana and her husband Marco Perego made headlines when he chose to take her last name instead of the typical wife-to-husband name converting (sidenote, her response to the 鈥渟exist crybabies鈥 regarding the couple鈥檚 decision was A++). While that modern couple could very well be starting a trend of their own, it appears that there鈥檚 another one brewing, and it involves women simply keeping their maiden name after they鈥檙e wed and the reasons behind that choice are uh-mazing!

According to a study posted on The New York Times鈥The Upshot blog, around 30% of women have kept some form of their names after exchanging vows in recent years 鈥 20% completely kept their name + 10% hyphenated it with their spouse鈥檚. That number is a huge rise compared to the 鈥80s + 鈥90s when 14% and 18% held tight to their surnames, respectively.

The analysis also uncovered that women who married older, aren鈥檛 religious, have children from a prior marriage, have an advanced degree or have an established career are more likely to opt out of accepting their partner鈥檚 name as their own. Check out the top three reasons highlighted in The Upshot piece on why newly wed women are keeping their maiden name below. Prepare yourself for the girl power feels.

1. I鈥檝e Had It All My Life: Donna Suh, a woman interviewed for the report, shared why she didn鈥檛 change her name.鈥淚t鈥檚 not necessarily a feminist reason, but it鈥檚 just my name for 33 years of my life. Plus, I鈥檓 Asian and he鈥檚 not, so it鈥檚 less confusing for me to not have a white name. And on social media I thought it might be harder to find me.鈥

2. Society Changes: Laurie Scheuble, sociology professor at Penn State, believes the change is driven by society. In the report, she was quoted as saying that the resurgence in keeping names could be because women now go to college at higher rates than men, celebrities often keep their names and couples commonly live together before marriage. Laurie stated, 鈥淲hen they do get around to marrying, they鈥檝e already lived in a household with two names, so maybe it seems normal to them.鈥

3. Career-Based Decision: With couples getting married later, women are making a name for themselves professionally before tying the knot, and altering their name could cause confusion. Donna echoed that sentiment by stating, 鈥淪o many women are working and they have established careers for themselves, it almost seemed bigger to decide to take his name than to not take his name.鈥

Is keeping your maiden name #marriagegoals or not? Let us know why or why not in the comments.