I wanted to cut ties with my Dad so getting rid of his surname suited me fine.
Now that I'm divorcing I'm sticking with my married name for a number of reasons. 1) I prefer it. My maiden name was pretty naff 2) I still don't want to be associated with my Dad 3) professionally i have built my reputation under my married name and 4) its a lot of faff to change your name
I kept my maiden name when I got married. I *was* going to try double-barrelling it with hubby's name, but I realised that I'd have to PAY to change it by deed poll - as this is still considered very left field in this progressive country we live in (!). then I'd also have to pay for new passport, driving licence etc. Free if you just take husband's name. Stupid system so I CBA in the end. I like my maiden name and I've had it for nearly 40 years. Also I'm a feminist and am not keen on the idea that I give up part of my identity just cos I'm married (why are people to afraid to say they are feminists here? Am also a Guardian reader :-P)
Kids- I've got two kids by two different dads, both of whom have double barrelled names, my name and their resepective dad's name ("council" according to someone else on here!?). If they want, they could choose just one when they got older. Up to them, makes no difference to me. Fairly straightforward stuff I'd think
I quite fancy your surname. Perhaps I should borrow it.
Yeah, I like having that extra syllable
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I do love Rickster comments. They always make me laugh and sometimes I wonder if he actually means them.
Of course not. I'm just joking with you. Now fetch me a cup of tea wench!
Is it only me that thinks double barrelled surnames are pretentious?
I have no problem with double barreled names as long as they don't sound stupid. I think it can actually help in a situation where someone wants to keep their birth name to use for their career, but also want to take their spouses name. It can make things easier with any children as it provides a link between the parents and the child
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