[...] a brief history of marital and naming practices will outline how these two concepts have shifted to a primarily private issue today, as compared with the Middle Ages, when they were primarily public issues highly concerned with property matters. [...] naming involves important issues in the construction of one's identity.
Michael Mahoney Frandina,
A Man’s Right to Choose His Surname in Marriage: A Proposal,
16 Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy
Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/djglp/vol16/iss1/5