Welcome to the club, Mrs Clooney

IS IT just me or does everyone hate problems that can't be solved?

This week, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin returned from her honeymoon with a new name. She is now listed as Amal Clooney on her work website.

The choice is not that surprising - the vast majority of women across the world still take their husband's name.

I was just a tiny bit disappointed.

Changing my name was completely my choice. John was comfortable with whatever I decided but made it clear he wouldn't be changing his name.

I loved my maiden name and it carried a lot of history in the town where I grew up, but since I knew I'd want the same name as my kids, I took the plunge.

It's never really sat well with me.

I don't feel like a Hutchinson. I'm a Terry. But since that was actually my dad's name and not my mum's, I thought hanging on to it was a pretty flawed protest.

I don't know what the solution is.

My cousin kept her maid-en name and when kids arrived they took her name. I love that she was brave enough to do it but it's really no better than the current tradition.

I think double-barrelled names can be clumsy and don't work beyond the current generation.

I know a couple of journos in Sydney who made up a new family name for themselves, ditching both their surnames.

Thirty years ago, Greece enacted a law that all women must keep their birth surname.

A Greek friend of mine shrugged when I asked her if it was working. "Of course!" she said.

Young people know no other way.

In Iceland, everyone takes their father's Christian name. My kids would be Gabe Johnsson (John's son) and Jemima Johnsdottir (John's daughter).

A friend of mine took his wife's name simply because he liked it better than his own. Another took his wife's name because she was the only one left to carry on her family name.

I know there are bigger problems in the world and I'm happy my family shares one name, but it's still not right - I just don't know how to fix it.

And having said all that, if I was married to George Clooney I'd probably want people to know too.