Post # 16
whitecollarbee : I haven’t done it, so I can’t speak to difficulties, but when you hyphenate you have to use both names together, all the time. If you double barrel, you only have to use your full legal name on legal documents, from what I gather. Everything else, you can use either/both.
Post # 17
I grew up with two last names, not hyphenated (plus a first and a middle name). It was First, Middle, Mom’s Last, Dad’s Last. E.g., Anne Cindy Smith Jones
I mostly went by my first and Dad’s last name (e.g. Anne Jones) until I got to the point of applying to college and the forms all required my full name. Once I entered the professional world, I mostly used both last names in emails etc., but my email address would be shortened with just my last name- e.g. [email protected], but it showed up as Anne Smith Jones as the sender. My bank cards had my first name and both last names, or if it wouldn’t all fit, just my first initial and then both last names. Library cards just used my second last name.
Honestly, it was a bit of a hassle and when I got married I dropped both my last names and took my husband’s. It’s a lot simpler.