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Tyler Tupa and Emily Tobin Tupa take in a trolley ride. A month after the couple returned from their Cancun, Mexico, honeymoon, Emily decided she was ready for a name change. Special to The Forum

Great name debate: Women's choice after marriage more accepted, but still trends traditional

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FARGO - Liz and Tarver Nova knew what their last name would be once they married even before they were engaged.

Nova isn't Liz's maiden name, nor is it the surname of Tarver's family. Instead, it's a Latin word the couple chose, which means "new" and serves as a symbol of their fledgling family unit, the couple says.


"It was really important to us that we are our own family," said Tarver, a writer and department supervisor at Barnes and Noble in Fargo.

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