I have an odd question. I'm writing a story that takes place in 12th century Northern China. One of the main characters is a formidable clan matriarch named Madame Mai. In Chinese culture, women did not take the family name of their husbands. In fact, women did not even change their names, though a married woman would preface her name with the form address, "Mrs." This convention remains true in today's China though this custom is not followed by ABCs (American born Chinese.) Madame Mai is moderately wealthy and is accompanied by servants. The servants wear livery that bears the family name. This then, is my problem. What name should appear on the livery? Her husband's family name was Zeng, so by tradition, the name on the livery should be "Zeng." If I did this, I think I would have to explain Chinese name conventions to my audience ... and think that this would disrupt the flow of the story. It might be easier to simply dispense with this convention since I'm writing to an English speaking audience. If Mai is this woman's family name ... then Mai should appear on the family livery. I am torn between following historical tradition and writing to my audience. What do you think I should do?