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According to new data reported in The New York Times, the practice of women keeping their maiden name is surging again after a dip in popularity in the conservative ’80s and ’90s.

But even as far back as the 1800s, pioneering women were opting not to change their monikers when they married. Here, six to inspire your next debate on the subject.

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Diana Ross

She was married twice (1971 and 1986), but what kind of a diva goes by Diana Silberstein or Diana Naess?

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Joan Didion

It often makes sense for known writers to keep the name readers are used to seeing in print. This great American novelist and journalist was married to John Gregory Dunne for almost 40 years but remained a Didion throughout.

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Ella Fitzgerald

The First Lady of Song was married twice (in 1941 and 1947), but both unions were short-lived, and she always kept the name that made her famous.

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Geraldine Ferraro

As the first American woman to run for Veep, Ferraro was a groundbreaker. So it’s no real surprise that she kept her maiden name in honor of her mother--though she sometimes used her married name, Zaccaro, in personal and family situations.

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Bette Davis

The screen star was married four times between 1938 and 1960 and always kept her original moniker. You tell 'em, Bette!

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Lucy Stone

If you kept your married name today, you could call yourself a Lucy Stoner. The 1800s suffragette was famous for determinedly using her maiden in an era when--trust us--nobody did it.

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