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Thread: Surname help??
August 19th, 2013 03:13 AM #6
Rainer is fantastic! I love it as a first name and I love it for you as a surname. It has a striking sound and a strong meaning. Use it!
Personally, I'm an academic and have already published under my name, so even if I ended up with a man it wouldn't be practical for me to change it (I'm queer). Not that I ever would -- my name is who I am. My ex and I did talk about creating our own surname, which I would take as a middle name and which we would give our children.
Of the couples in my friend group who have married, most either kept their own names or chose a new surname. Not a single woman I know has changed her name. I see this as a very positive trend. Perhaps we've finally arrived in an age of compromise, not sacrifice and domination, when it comes to marriage.
Some other options for you:
Dexter -- I really like this as a surname for some reason
Adler -- a la Irene Adler of Sherlock Holmes
Beck -- Sleek, German, and goes with just about everything
Fabel -- Phonetically similar to 'fable', another literary reference
Gable -- I just think this is a great surname
Errol -- Means 'to wander'
Booker -- Speaks for itself
Lewis or Clark -- Connotations of travel, naturallySimon, Eloise/Louise, Faye, Judah, Thea, Felix, Iris, Cordelia, Roscoe, Lydia, Jasper, Phaedra, Adrian, Lucinda, Jane, Conrad, Wallace, Finnegan, Sylvie, Charlie, Dashiell, Juniper, Atlas, Matilda, Julian, Alice, Marlowe, Octavia, Jack, Marigold, Archer, Gabriel, Persephone, Raphael, Dov
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August 19th, 2013 03:31 AM #8Senior Member
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I don't have suggestions, but I just want to say I think it is awesome that you are changing your name together. I wish my SO were up for that.
August 19th, 2013 04:16 PM #10
Wow, I am totally blown away by everyone's support! Thank you so much!
stripedsocks- Raine is a little too literal for me, I think! We also live in Northern California, so there's always the hippie factor as well.
rkrd- Of your list, I like Albrecht, Reed and Dietz. I also wish we were looking for a French name! They're so romantic, but my SO is set on a German one. :/
Augusta_lee- Your friends sound fabulous! I just read that only 26% of women actually keep their names in the US, so you have quite progressive friends. Of your list, I like... actually I like them all! But Booker and Beck would probably be unusable for us. Unfortunately, because Booker is such a great name! I love the suggestions of Errol and Lewis and Clark.- current loves -
Harriet - Flora - Violet - Clementine - Matilda - Wilhelmina - Josephine - Cordelia
Milo - Frederick - Dashiell - Gus - Atticus - Felix - Theo - Harrison - Jack
August 19th, 2013 05:40 PM #12Senior Member
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August 19th, 2013 09:07 PM #14