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March 22nd, 2006

New Last Name

When my wife and I got married there was a bit of question over our last names. Would she take mine? Would I take hers? Or – the wild card – would we make a new last name out of both of ours?

Most couples seem to do the traditional “she takes his name” route if a man and woman are involved. In our case, my wife moved her maiden name to her middle name and took my last name – and uses her full name the vast majority of the time.

I admit I wondered about the new name idea. It was kind of like putting two Lego buildings together and coming up with something new – it’s not really a firehouse and a school anymore; it’s a fireschoolhouse. Thing is, I don’t know anyone who has ever done this in real life. Seems like it’s mostly out there as an option and that’s about it. Are you a member of a fireschoolhouse?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Steve A.
DATE: Wednesday March 22, 2006 -- 9:18:29 am
Many Spanish based cultures have the 'sliding name.' I know I first came acrossed it when I worked with Filipinos/Filipinas. Maria Susan Vasquez marries Juan Antonio Maria and becomes Maria Vasquez Maria.

My wife kept her name, I kept mine. Since children are not in the equation, no biggie. And I don't mind being called "Mr B" every now and then, but I'll usually reply, "That's her dad."


FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 22, 2006 -- 9:37:26 am
Our situation was kind of interesting. My wife had changed her birthname a long time ago. As a kid, she kept her first name, changed her middle name to an Americanized version of her last name, and changed her last name to her stepfather's last name.

When we got married, though, she wanted to return to her roots a bit, so she kept her first name, changed her middle name back to her birth middle name, and took my last name. She's had quite the variety of names.

A couple of former co-workers got married a few years ago and they both took a hyphenized version of their last names. Nothing wrong with that, but then you begin to wonder what will happen four generations from now if their offspring all do the same thing. Eventually you have someone with more hyphens than letters in their name.

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 22, 2006 -- 6:37:06 pm

FROM: Barbara
DATE: Thursday March 23, 2006 -- 4:36:52 pm
I kept my name when I got married. Our son has my husband's name. I figured there are so many divorced families out there, I don't think it would be such a big deal for me to have a different name than my son. I get grief from the strangest people, like my doctor's nurse. She actually told me that I wouldn't be able to take my son home with me from the hospital, because the name didn't match. Obviously, it wasn't a problem.

FROM: Joe Picklemeyer (formerly Meyer)
DATE: Thursday March 23, 2006 -- 7:35:53 pm
Cathy Pickles and Joe Meyer are now the Picklemeyers.

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