Brides Decide: When Is It Better Not to Hyphenate?

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Okay, okay!  I should have warned you this was kind of tacky; but, all of these published in newspapers.  My former boss emailed them to me and I thought they were funny….. also, I need her recommendation in my job search!  LOL!
H/T to the best employer I ever had, Carrie, who’s also a very generous friend and all around good friend!  (And I’m NOT sucking up)
~LTG

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0 responses to “Brides Decide: When Is It Better Not to Hyphenate?

  1. These are funny, LTG!
    Imagine an offspring of the Hardy-Harrs marrying someone with the last name Ha. Their child(ren) would have the last name Hardy-Harr-Ha.
    LOL

     
  2. lowtechgrannie

    Some names have unintended consequences. The great lady who was patron of the arts in Texas, left a fortune to museums, etc…. her name was IMA HOGG.
    In the 1980s when the Viet Nam boat people settled in the Seattle area and prospered to the point of buying homes, we had a young Viet Namese customer at the mortgage company I where I worked. My usual practice was to announce customers over the intercom so the agent would hear it no matter where they were on the premises. I did not do this with our young Viet Namese man. I left the desk and went to find whoever he need to see and passed them a note. “Phouc is here” There was no way I could tactfully say his name over a loudspeaker! I hope he changed his name as he assimilated. I have no idea what PHOUC means in Viet Namese, but for his childrens’ sake, I hope he changed it!

     
  3. I believe women should keep their maiden names unless painfully embarrassing. I have always felt that assuming the husband’s name is like being branded his. Why couldn’t the male assume the wife’s name if they are truly equal? It has always seemed sexist to me. Hyphenated names are a step in the right direction but why would the husband’s name be the second? Hyphenated names can have some serious consequences as evident in the aforementioned — how very embarrassing!! But good for laughs.

     
    • Jim,
      I kept my maiden name for the simple reason that, by the time my husband and I finally married, I was already well established in my profession. To suddenly change my last name would be most confusing. Besides, I do not agree with the practice of a woman taking her husband’s name any way. 😉

       
  4. lowtechgrannie

    I understand why women who are well-known under their birth name would want to keep it. But, I’m a traditionalist and think it’s a great “genealogy” thing to see where the the names all fit on the family tree. Plus, it’s less confusing for the children.

     
  5. lowtechgrannie

    Thanks Sage! I knew you’d have the perfect answer! Can’t wait for supper!

     
  6. This reminds me of a former employee of mine whose family name was “Zamm”. He had two daughters, one by his first marriage and the other by his second, when I knew him. He told me he’d named his first girl “Aleca”, which I think would have been difficult for her to live with through years of roll call at school. “Aleca Zamm” might have been amusing to him, but perhaps not so much for Aleca.

     

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