Danielle
Savvy September 2019

Hyphen or Changing Last Name?

Danielle, on July 28, 2019 at 10:40 PM

Posted in Married Life 129

I'm really stuck on whether to change my last name or to hyphenate my last name. If I hyphenate, my last name will be fairly long at 14 letters. What is every one else doing? Any tips?

I'm really stuck on whether to change my last name or to hyphenate my last name. If I hyphenate, my last name will be fairly long at 14 letters.

What is every one else doing? Any tips?

129 Comments

  • Andrea
    Super October 2019
    Andrea ·
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    I’m taking FH’s last name. His name and my name together would be insanely long.
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  • Stephanie
    Expert September 2019
    Stephanie ·
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    I’m either just adding his name, so it would be a double last name, or hyphenating. I would just keep mine, but it is very important to my FH (though he has been supportive of me thinking about keeping my maiden name). My mom was in the same boat, wanted to keep hers, but my dad and his family wanted her to change, so she just added his name on as. A double last name (no hyphen). She goes by just her maiden name professionally, but legally she goes by the double last name.


    Professionally it makes more sense for me to use my maiden name as that is how I’m known and that is big in my profession.

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  • Sasha
    Dedicated September 2019
    Sasha ·
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    I'm hyphenating. I wish I could just keep mine, but my FH is't that progressive. I'm really not a fan of the new one.

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  • Bettina
    Beginner November 2020
    Bettina ·
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    For me, I’m going to change my last name and move my maiden name to my middle name. I’m an only child and thought of hyphenating to carry on the name, but moving it to my middle name is still a way to carry it on. Besides, our kids wouldn’t have the hyphen, it would be just me, so I just choose to take his all the way!
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  • M
    Dedicated June 2021
    Mm126 ·
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    I’m planning on moving my last name to my middle name. That way I can keep my name, while still take his. I’m not a fan of hyphenated names.
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  • M
    Dedicated June 2021
    Mm126 ·
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    Haha, this perfectly states why I’m not a fan of hyphenating.

    I like the idea, but not the annoyance that comes with it. 😄
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  • Karla
    Dedicated July 2021
    Karla ·
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    I agree with Chandra. An intimate family I feel should have one name to represent a unit. But it’s a personal choice and your own perspective of the term “family.”
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  • W
    Just Said Yes December 2020
    Winecooler5 ·
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    If you feel like changing your name change it then there is no big deal about it. Or else hyphenate it and it's up to you.

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  • April
    Dedicated November 2020
    April ·
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    I’m changing mine, it’s personal preference. I know many people that have done both.. and if I did hyphenate my name it would be 15 letters so I definitely don’t want to be writing Richardson-Dumas for the rest of my life but that’s just my preference 😬
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