For so long I've been meaning to officially change my last name after marraige..but never did it. I'm probably going to go the hyphen way, but have always wondered does the maiden name come first or the married. Apparently it doesn't matter. But this linkhelped me decide. By using the married name first, I move from #20 to #1 in the alphabet. Talk about using an unfair advantage.. On the other hand, anecdotal evidence does not support the study mentioned above..results did not come out to be statistically significant.. So may be its just a sample pool thing?