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Kim Kardashian Won’t Drop “West” From Her Name. There’s a Surprising Reason Why

For some, a name isn't *just* a name, and Kim's doing it for her kids.


Love her or hate her, Kim Kardashian West loves her kids.

So as she walks through a challenging divorce with Kanye West, her husband of seven years, she’s putting the needs of their four children first. And for her, that means several different things—one of those being her co-parenting relationship with Kanye and his name.

This week, Kanye West filed court papers, seeking a legal name change for himself. According to BuzzFeed, Kanye wants to change his name to “Ye” – no middle name, no last name, a la Prince. Of course, fans and critics wanted to know his soon-to-be ex-wife thought about the name change. Was Kanye’s decision a reflection on his relationship with Kim at all? Was she going to change her legal name back to just Kardashian if he is ditching his last name?

According to sources close to the couple, Kim Kardashian West has no plans to change her name, and it’s because of her children. The source said Kim “will not eliminate West from her name or the names of her children,” even if that’s what Kanye chooses to do.

TMZ reports that Kim is prioritizing having the same last name as her four children, even after divorce. “It’s important for her to keep the same last name as her four children, and there are no plans to change North, Psalm, Chicago, and Saint’s last names, either.”

We’re not saying that having the same last name as your children makes you a good mom (I don’t have the same last name as my kids). Everyone’s decision around the names they give or don’t give to their kids is different. Still, it does point to Kim understanding and prioritizing the needs of her children and sticking to something important to her, even if the world doesn’t understand.

The two parents have been in the spotlight lately, showing that co-parenting and supporting each other professionally and otherwise is possible even amid a divorce.