(Closed) Hyphenating- how many syllables is too long?

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I like the sound of it: I really like hyphenated last names, and I have lately been considering hyphenating mine. I, like you, would rather keep my last name than bury it, and that’s what i’m currently planning to do unless I can convince my fi to hyphenate. He has a 2 syllable last name and mine is only one, but I’m afraid they don’t sound very good together!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

My name goes like this: 4 syllable first name + 3 syllable last name + 3 syllable last name. I hate it. it’s really long and rarely fits into the space required to write your name in official documents/forms. If I could take my husband’s last name, I would. But I live in a province where I cannot do so. You should think about what will be easiest to pronounce by a variety of different people.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I think they sound good together!  I wish mine were so easy, lol.  I have a 3 syllable first name, no middle name, and a two-word/4 syllable last name, while FI’s last name is only 2 syllables.  

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel like my last name alone is too long (4 syllables) so I would only hyphenate if your new last name would be 3 or less.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am hyphanating.  And have aquired a very long last name.  18 characters long (2 syllables + 3 syllables)  I never thought of my name being too long.  The idea of hyphanating, keeping my last name, the one I’ve had for almost 30 years, the one that ties me to my family, and adding his, because it was important to him, was more important to me.  If you want to hyphanate, do it because of the principle, and why it is important to you, and try not to be discouraged because of your new name length.  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you want to hyphenate your name, then I don’t think there’s any such thing as too long. It’s your name, so what you want to do with it isn’t really anyone else’s business. If you’re happy with it then it’s all good! I hyphenated mine for the same reasons you want to — I didn’t want to give up my last name or even relegate it to a middle name, but I also wanted to have my husband’s. I actually had always planned on just keeping my name and realized in the last few months before our wedding that I wanted to incorporate DH’s. Both of our last names have three syllables, so I suppose some people think it might be “too long” but I don’t really care, haha. Plus they’re both easy to pronounce. Please don’t let your mom or sister influence what you want to do with your name, it is such a personal decision.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wouldn’t worry so much about the syllables as I would about the length. FH’s name is already 10 letters long, and it is always getting cut off on forms and credit cards and misspelled.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I hyphenated:  three syllable first name, plus two syllables plus one syllable.  My new name doesn’t exactly “go” together, but that doesn’t matter to me.  I get to keep my family name plus share my new husband’s last name!!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have a 1 syllable first name, followed by my middle initial, and then a hypenated last name with a 2 syllable – 1 syllable combo.  DH’s last name is so common that it was an easy add on.  But now, we’re “discussing” last names for babies.  I want to hyphenate and think it’s ok to do so!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My only concern would be if both names together are more than 13 characters (excluding the hyphen), since that is the standard number of characters allowed on many forms.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I think that sounds really good together! It sounds pretty to me

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I think it’s fine and people will eventually get used to it. Something to think about is that hyphens are a bit of logistical nightmare with government agencies. So you would have one big last name legally.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I hyphenated. My name is 3-2, so 5 syllables total.

You legal last name CAN be hyphenated, it doesn’t need all ran together. Mine is hyphenated on all my government paperwork/IDs.

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