(Closed) Feedback on Last Name Change: Completely New Surname

posted 6 years ago in Names
  • poll: Does the last name Kennedy automatically remind you of JFK?
    Yep! : (36 votes)
    56 %
    Nope! : (18 votes)
    28 %
    Depends on the context. : (10 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
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    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I said no, it doesn’t. If that’s what you’re both on board with, go for it!

    Post # 4
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    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It definitely doesn’t make me think of the president but maybe that’s because I know quite a few people with the last name Kennedy and none of them are related to JFK. 

    My parents chose a new name when they married. My fathers last name was awful (not actually “awful”, lol) and my mother refused to take it. My father was fine with it since he was tortured in school because of the name and didn’t want to put his future children through that. They chose a completely new name but it’s still incredibly common so it doesn’t sound weird. It was always a little strange not being related to any other “my maiden names” but it’s a heck of a lot better than growing up with my “real” last name. 

    Post # 6
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    21 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I like simple so I’d lean towards something like Bay.

    Post # 7
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    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @iamellyn:  Darling Husband and I entertained the idea of choosing a new name. He doesn’t have any relationship with his biological father so there’s really no connection to the name for him. He only has one brother so his brothers family and Darling Husband and I are the only “our last names” that we give a crap about. Ultimately we decided not to change the name since Darling Husband uses it professionally and it could affect him in the future if he started going by something different but I see no problem with people who want to get creative and choosing something new if they want to. In your case, your children probably won’t have much to do with your husbands fathers side so having their last name won’t make much of a difference anyway. 

    Post # 8
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    116 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I like Kennedy, O’hara and Bay.  Kennedy does not remind me of the former president, and it sounds great with both of your names.

    Post # 10
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    3451 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Funny that I opened this.  Kennedy will be my last name after September 30th. 🙂

    Just an FYI, my Fiance gets asked OFTEN if he’s related to the “Massachusetts” Kennedys and the former President.  He heard this his whole life where he grew up in Kansas.  He lives in RI now and it’s worse, because he’s closer to where they are from.  His 12 year old daughter actually asked him about two weeks ago: “Are you sure we aren’t related to the President?”  Today, he was on the phone with a rep at the company we work for and he was asked for his last name, which followed with the question: “Any relation to the Kennedys?” Haha.  My Fiance answered saying “No. I wouldn’t be working here if I was”.  Then joked and added he knocked on their doors, but they wouldn’t answer.  The rep’s reply?  “Next time show up drunk.” 😐

    Post # 11
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    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I guess it does remind me of THE Kennedy family, and I might roll my eyes a little if someone changed to that thinking they were trying to be uppity changing to a “moneyed” last name.  But, I actually don’t know any Kennedies in real life, just hear about the American “royalty”… so who knows.  But if you like it, go for it.

    Post # 12
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    5667 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Kennedy does remind me of the president (and my high school which was named after him) but I really do like the name.

    Post # 14
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    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I kind of like Grear as a combination of both your names.  I don’t mind Kennedy, but the first thing that came to mind was the Kennedy family.

    Post # 15
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    3451 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @iamellyn:  Well, if it’s any help… I love the last name.  I am biased though. 🙂

    Post # 16
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    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Now that I have read you’re post Kennedy is definitely riminding me of JFk.  But I know some people named kennedy and it’s not something that reminds me of JFK everyday.  I think it’s a pretty common American name and don’t think it’s weird that you would choose that. 

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