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eLucidate July 1st, 2013 4:23pm

SOH inspired: how do you feel about the increasing trend of giving a child the hyphenated last name of both parents (eg. Jones-Smith)?

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shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
07/03/13 9:14 pm

This must be a city thing. I've been working in child development for 20+ years - 50 children per year on average - never had a hyphenated name here in the country

07/01/13 2:56 pm

That could get a little too complicated after a few generations... Lol.

eLucidate writing
07/01/13 10:06 am

My only concern with it, which may just be ignorance, is what does that child do when they want to get married? Jones-Smith-Shoemaker? At some point, a decision has to be made.

commonsense America isnt racist
07/01/13 9:53 am

I don't know. Seems kinda pointless to have a hyphenated name. Almost like you can't make an adult decision.

DavesNotHere where am I
07/01/13 9:31 am

We're a hyphenated society, so why not.

07/01/13 9:28 am

I know a lot of people with hyphenated names. Even some who have made up last names combining their parents' last names. I think it's a good thing, especially if the mother doesn't change her name.

eLucidate writing
07/01/13 11:20 am

My understanding, is that it is for a women who already had an established professional identity to not have to change her name, and the male to maintain either tradition or his own identity. didn't think about the kids using it to claim both parents

XercesBlue ...
07/01/13 9:24 am

I never enjoyed the hyphenated last names. I can understand it, but ehh..