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Miley Cyrus Took Liam Hemsworth's Last Name, Is Now Miley Ray Hemsworth

The Hollywood actor evidently didn't expect his longtime love to take his last name after tying the knot, according to his heart-warming response.

Miley Cyrus has a new name.

Her longtime partner -- and new husband -- Liam Hemsworth revealed the big news on Live With Kelly and Ryan this week while dishing about their low-key Christmas wedding.

After being congratulated by morning show host Kelly Ripa, Hemworth proudly corrected his wife's name to "Miley Ray Hemsworth".

The 29-year-old -- who married Miley at their $8.2 million Tennessee mansion at the end of last year -- explained how her decision came as a happy surprise.

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'She'll still be obviously known as Miley Cyrus but she took my name, which is great," he said.

"That was honestly one of the best things about it. I didn't ask her to take my name but she was like, 'No, of course I'm taking your name!'."

He feigned tears as he described his response: "That's awesome. Thank you."

The Hunger Games star added "the first couple of weeks" of their marriage "were really fun to be husband and wife".

Celebrities often keep their maiden names after getting hitched, but a growing number have bucked the tradition to publicly take their partner's name.

Justin and Haily Bieber in New York City, September 2018. Image: James Devaney/GC.

Hailey Baldwin, 22 -- who married Justin Bieber, 24, late last year -- legally changed her name and instantly updated her social media to Hailey Bieber.

Actress Priyanka Chopra, 36, said she was "old school" and changed her name to Priyanka Chopra Jonas after marrying musician Nick Jonas, 26.

"I always wanted to add his name to mine because I feel like we're becoming family, and I'm a little traditional and old school like that," Chopra Jonas told Jimmy Fallon on his late-night show.

"But I don't take away my identity. He gets added to who I am."

It is a similar sentiment to Kim Kardashian West, who reportedly legally dropped Noel, her middle name, to accommodate her longer full name.

While elder Hemsworth brother Chris's wife Elsa Pataky has kept her maiden name publicly, it is yet to be reported if she had it changed legally.

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