(Closed) Help with new last name, the boy already has a hyphenated name!

posted 6 years ago in Names
  • poll: What should my new last name be?
    S. Keep my maiden name only : (3 votes)
    4 %
    S-K-B. Hyphenate my maiden name plus his already hyphenated last name : (1 votes)
    1 %
    K-B. Take his hyphenated name and loose my maiden name completely : (9 votes)
    13 %
    B. Take his family name (the second half of his hyphenated name) : (24 votes)
    35 %
    S-B. Hyphenate my maiden name with his family name (the second half of his hyphenated name) : (30 votes)
    43 %
    Other ideas? : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    Exactly the reason why I hate hyphenated names… it just gets way to complicated. I honestly would just keep your maiden name and name your kids with your last name. But thats just me.

    Post # 4
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Legally, the impression I got when filling out name change forms is that you can pick whatever name you want, as long as you fill the forms out.  If you wanted to be known as Miss Smileybottom, you can, (think of Chad Ochocinco, which means 85, his football jersey number).  

    If friends call you by the wrong last name, be it B or K-B or S-B, POLITELY correct them, (I say politely because my aunt decided to keep her maiden name, and the first time she was referred to as Mrs. HisLastName, she went OFF!  YIKES!).  

    Also, why doesn’t he change HIS last name to just B?  My husband’s friend was known as R for the first couple years Darling Husband knew him, then he changed his last name to K.  Apparently his father had left years before and they had no contact with him, so when his mom decided to change her name back to her maiden name, he took that name.  It seems like it would be a lot easier, once the initial confusion over the change passed.  But then, like the PP, I am not a fan of hypenated names, (unless both names are very short names).

    Post # 5
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Will he consider dropping his first last name? He is also allowed to change his name at Social Security due to marriage. Why doesn’t he drop the name of the father that walked out since it means nothing to him, and then you can hyphenate it the way you want? Like S-B?

    I feel like he needs to compromise in this too!

    Post # 6
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My friend who married Mr. K-B (to use your FI’s initials) chose to become Mrs. B.  In your case, I voted for Ms. S-B, since it sounds like you want to keep your name and add his.

    Legally, my state has certain limitations on what name you can adopt through marriage, but any of the options you are considering would be permitted.

    Post # 7
    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would go with Mrs. B or Mrs. S-B in your situtation.  Even though friends might call you by the wrong last name, I’d almost put that in the same boat as being called Mrs. nickname.  I’m sure his friends had a hard time trying to change what they called him and just decided to stick with what they’ve always used.  I have lots of girl friends that I refuse to call by their married name because I’ve always referred to them as first name last name and I’ve given up trying to make the change.

    Post # 8
    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We’re in the exact same situation. I won’t actually be changing my name when we get married as we live in a province that doesn’t allow for name changes after marriage, but after we’ve moved, I’ll likely look into hyphenating.

    Our plan is for me to hyphenate MyLast-HisSecondLast (so, for you, S-B). My daughter has my last name; if she chooses, she can add his second last name to hers, giving her the same hyphenated name as mine. Future children will have my last and his second last. So me and all children (if my daughter chooses to change hers) will have the same hyphenated last name, while he will have a different hyphenated last name. We’ll all share the second last name though. To complicated matters, my last is English, both his last are French. Not an ideal mix but we’re working with what we’ve got 🙂

    (This is not without stress in our case as it means our kids sharing his father’s last name, which I think might be a little hurtful to his mother who is most involved in all our lives – but given that your Fiance added his second last name in order to share with his grandfather, it seems like hurt feelings would be avoided on things like that).

    Post # 9
    4979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    Personally, I would take his family last name. 

    I also think it’d be nice if he changed his last name to just B also. It would be simple, especially if/when children come into the picture. 

    Post # 10
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    Yes– you really can pick any name you want, it doesn’t have to be a combination of the options in some states– most require it, but there are a few that let you change it to anything you want. 

    Post # 11
    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Why don’t you drop your middle name, take your last name as your middle, and use his second last name as your last name. Basically Mrs. FirstName MaidenName BLastName. Or you could take your maiden as a second middle name. It sounds like you want to keep your maiden name and this would be easier than hyphenating.  Also, I’d ask him to drop his first last name since he doesn’t have a connection to it. Plus hyphenated names can get confusing!

    Post # 12
    341 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I personally do not like Hyphenated names but I still want to keep my last name so I am moving it to my middle name =)

    Post # 13
    1513 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    man, i feel for you! i am really struggling with my name change decision and there are considerably less options to choose from!

    i agree with PPs who have suggested that this is a great time for you to both make a change. if he doesnt want to be associated with K anyway, i think it would be silly to perpetuate that name in your new family. I like S-B if you want to hyphentate nd he can just be B, or if you want to just keep your maiden around, thet middle name option seems to be pretty popular these days!

    Post # 14
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would take his family name (B) and have him drop the K name to just be Mr. B. 

    Post # 15
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Man, this is confusing! Good luck with it!

    Post # 16
    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My best guy friend in college years straight up changed his last name from S to B and skipped the hyphenation, for similar dad reasons. 

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