Hyphenated Last Names for the Next Generation

Hyphenated Last Names for the Next Generation

Carrie McBride
Dec 1, 2011

Parents-to-be spend a lot of time carefully choosing (in some cases, agonizing over) a first name for their baby and there are a host of books and websites to guide them. But for many parents, it's actually the surname that proves to be a trickier determination. The New York Times recently examined this modern naming conundrum in article by, fittingly, Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow titled, "Children of the Hyphens, the Next Generation."

Ms. Tuhus-Dubrow has been asked over the years how she would handle the last name of a child, especially if the father himself had a hyphenated name: "So I asked around. What I found was a whole gamut of solutions. The name-blending pioneers now have grandchildren whose names embody an intriguing mix of the traditional and the maverick."

My husband and I had a hard enough time figuring out what surname to give our son and we don't even have hyphenated names. If you're interested in reading about some of the solutions/compromises others have come up with, here's a link to the full article on the Times.

Was choosing your child's last name more complicated for you than their first name?

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