Thought of the Day: Hyphenated Last Names

NmTgI certainly respect the idea of sharing last names in a marriage instead of the old-fashioned approach of a wife and child adopting the husband’s last name. But what happens a generation from now? Two, three, or even four generations down the road?

Heather Silverman-Schwartz is fine. That works.

But what happens when Heather Silverman-Schwartz marries Thomas Butler-Robinson? They then have Theresa Butler-Robinson-Silverman-Schwartz. Or maybe they go with Theresa Silverman-Schwartz-Butler-Robinson. Or perhaps, to really symbolize their marriage as an equitable merger, Theresa Schwartz-Robinson-Silverman-Butler.

Of course she has to go and marry Frank O’Hara-Von Marquese. And, you guessed it, they give birth to Daisy May O’Hara-Von Marquese-Butler-Robinson-Silverman-Schwartz.

Fortunately Daisy May O’Hara-Von Marquese-Butler-Robinson-Silverman-Schwartz never gets married because no one is willing to pay for the excessively expensive tri-fold wedding invitations necessary to produce her full name in a pleasant, uninterrupted script font.

As is the case with all aspects of a relationship, people really need to think these things out. Hyphenated last names are good in theory, but – in the long run – they can ultimately become a burden in practice.