to hyphenate or not to hyphenate?

posted 3 years ago in Names
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Sugar bee

I’m in the US, not Canada, but I have two last names without a hyphen.

I will leave it to the Canadian bees to talk about the legal points that are relevant to you, but socially I really like the flexibility. It also brings along some challenges. People often do hyphenate my name by default (I only bother to correct them if it will create issues down the road, i.e. if it’s a grocery store circular I don’t care, but if it’s something that might show up on my credit report, I point out that it should be a space, not a hyphen).

In conversations, people sometimes omit the second part of my last name (but I think that often happens to fairly recently-married women even when they take their husband’s names and drop their maiden names). It doesn’t really bother me, though – that’s still my name and I’m used to it! And when they call me by just his last name, I’m fine with that too. It tends to play out differently in different spheres (i.e. at work people are more likely to use just my name; our friends outside of work are more likely to call me just by his.)

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