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Thread: Taking your husbands name?
June 10th, 2013 05:52 PM #46
I won't be getting married anytime soon but I won't be giving up my surname.
I'd be happy to double barrel with the man I marry, should the names work together, but I won't be giving up my surname.
My surname is very much part of American life; the surname of a former President and the name of a major U.S. city, and having said that you've probably guessed what it is now. I love my surname because of it's connection to my country and I don't want to lose that.
Chad - my boyfriend - has already said that if we go the distance, he'd actually take my name, because he thinks it's better than his!⋆ Margaret Mary ⋆
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June 11th, 2013 08:23 PM #48
I come from a rather religiously and politically conservative community in the Southern US, and it was assumed I'd take my husband's last name.
We toyed around with hyphenating/double-barreling both of our names, both adopting the new name, and giving it to the kids, but we decided against it because:
1) double the paperwork
2) inconvenience on forms
3) kids would have to eventually choose a name when they married/had kids or have a triple/quadruple barreled name
4) didn't want to have to explain our decision to EVERYONE we know
Instead, I took my maiden name as my middle name. I'm just out of college, so I haven't built a professional identity yet, but I still plan to publish under my full name to honor my maiden name. We're considering naming our first boy "Locke," which is my maiden name.
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