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(News.com.au)   Meshing of surnames is the latest trend among numerous newlywed couples, with the exception of Mr Curry and Ms Hunt   (news.com.au) divider line 82
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2012-11-09 09:18:37 AM  
is his name Mike by any chance?
 
2012-11-09 11:40:35 AM  
Mr. and Mrs. Hurry? I don't see any problem with that.
 
2012-11-09 12:05:04 PM  
What a farking stupid idea.
 
2012-11-09 12:05:40 PM  
If my boyfriend and I were to do that, our surname would be "Luckey."
 
2012-11-09 12:06:43 PM  
I seriously considered taking my wife's last name. Mine's 9 letters and everyone pronounces it wrong. Hers was Hill. I still can't believe she wanted my last name.
 
2012-11-09 12:06:46 PM  
It's pronounced "Throatwarbler Mangrove"
 
2012-11-09 12:08:52 PM  

LoneCoon: I seriously considered taking my wife's last name. Mine's 9 letters and everyone pronounces it wrong. Hers was Hill. I still can't believe she wanted my last name.


I would have done that, but ours are both 10 letters and a pain. I suggested hyphenating, blending, and coming up with a new short one. She took my name.
 
2012-11-09 12:09:01 PM  
That would mesh together to be Mr. and Mrs. Hurry, subby, what's wrong with that?
 
2012-11-09 12:09:35 PM  
Woah... Tim Curry and Helen Hunt are getting married?

I thought he was gay...
 
2012-11-09 12:09:42 PM  

Raging Thespian: Mr. and Mrs. Hurry? I don't see any problem with that.


Son of a...
 
2012-11-09 12:09:44 PM  

SlothB77: is his name Mike by any chance?


People often discuss the profligacy of Mike Hunt, but he has an even better lesser known brother. York Hunt.
 
2012-11-09 12:10:35 PM  
FTA: The new name practice, most popular with couples aged in their 20s and 30s, has also spread to celebrity circles, with British TV presenter Dawn Porter becoming Mrs Dawn O'Porter after marrying The Sapphires actor Chris O'Dowd.

Offred would blush.
 
2012-11-09 12:11:33 PM  
Mashing together a long Scandinavian and Germanic surname would result in something akin to a Steven King novel. No thanks.
 
2012-11-09 12:12:58 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Seriously, if your child has to go through early grade school with a name like Puffin you think they won't have a hard time?
After that it's really just a matter of what level of stoner they'll become in junior high.
 
2012-11-09 12:13:24 PM  
Future generations of geneologists will burn these people in effigy.
 
2012-11-09 12:14:02 PM  
"Many people feel meshing is more romantic than double-barrelling, while we did have one honest couple who said they simply could not decide whose name should come first, so meshing seemed the obvious solution."

How about just not changing your name. It's meaningless and no one gives a shiat. None of it is in any way "romantic".
 
2012-11-09 12:14:28 PM  
How 'bout women stop the tradition of being chattel and keep the name they were born with, like their husband (usually) does?

Kids get the dad's name and middle name is mon's family name? Why can't both family histories be respected?
 
2012-11-09 12:14:51 PM  
I have friends that did this. I thought it was weird, but they are most excellent people and are happy, so I'm happy with it, too.
 
2012-11-09 12:14:52 PM  
I must admit, it's better than hyphenated names.

Whenever I see someone with a hyphenated last name, I think to myself "Oh great, another idiot".
 
2012-11-09 12:16:31 PM  
So, a theoretical Union between Natalie Portman and Nelson C. Manteau would become the Portmanteaus.
 
2012-11-09 12:16:44 PM  

Mishno: Future generations of geneologists will burn these people in effigy.


Future generations of geneologists will have access to the most sophisticated, computerized record keeping systems in the history of the known universe that it is likely to render the occupation "geneologist" on par with "buggy whip manufacturer."
 
2012-11-09 12:17:14 PM  
I'd almost rather see this than the epidemic of hyphenated names. Almost.

/wife took my last name
//gosh, we must live in the FIFTIES.
 
2012-11-09 12:17:38 PM  

ukexpat: What a farking stupid idea.


Eh, I don't know - it works out better than hyphenating ("double-barreling" from TFA) for the kids - especially the female offspring who would add a third hyphenated name, and whose girls would add a fourth, etc., if the hyphenating scheme continued multiple generations.

Of course, in a few generations we'll have people with names McGufparkwer.
 
2012-11-09 12:18:06 PM  

Doomed: I'd almost rather see this than the epidemic of hyphenated names. Almost.

/wife took my last name
//gosh, we must live in the FIFTIES.


Have you stopped beating her?
 
2012-11-09 12:18:07 PM  

SkunkWerks: So, a theoretical Union between Natalie Portman and Nelson C. Manteau would become the Portmanteaus.


YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!
 
2012-11-09 12:20:43 PM  
When the topic of name changing came up between me and the Mrs. I suggested we both change our last name to something completely different: Mr. and Mrs. Rokjorsokzov. Sad to say, it didn't happen.

/Max Power
//Studly Wundertoole
 
2012-11-09 12:26:12 PM  

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Seriously, if your child has to go through early grade school with a name like Puffin


I once knew a guy blessed with the name Peter Rabbit.

His trade? Building Inspector.

Gotta think bigger than grade school.
 
2012-11-09 12:27:03 PM  
I hyphenate my last name. It's a pain in the ass since both of our last names are four syllables and both are foreign, but whatevs. It sounds kinda cool.

He's the only child and I have a brother, so I don't have a problem using his last name for the (future) kids.
 
2012-11-09 12:30:46 PM  

SkunkWerks


So, a theoretical Union between Natalie Portman and Nelson C. Manteau would become the Portmanteaus.


That were bloody brilliant, mate.

*applauds*
 
2012-11-09 12:32:41 PM  
Recently married. Wife took my last name, took her maiden name as her middle name and dropped her original middle name (which she never cared for). All this is fine by me.
 
2012-11-09 12:38:20 PM  
When my wife and I were engaged we spoke of this once. She agreed to my last name when my only other offer was Mxyzptlk.
 
2012-11-09 12:41:43 PM  
Englebert Slaptyback
That were bloody brilliant, mate. referring to skunkworks

hear, hear

//who is Nelson C. Manteau?
 
2012-11-09 12:43:49 PM  
Can't we all just keep our own names when we marry?

It has the bonus of not having to change it back later.
 
2012-11-09 12:48:09 PM  

Doomed: I'd almost rather see this than the epidemic of hyphenated names. Almost.

/wife took my last name
//gosh, we must live in the FIFTIES.


Same here. I suppose I should be drinking rye in my office and slapping secretaries' asses.
 
2012-11-09 12:48:23 PM  
If this really becomes popular, then a lot of people are going to start looking for mates with the perfect last name to mesh with. There are worse criteria, I guess.
 
2012-11-09 12:52:11 PM  

CeroX: Woah... Tim Curry and Helen Hunt are getting married?

I thought he was gay...


It's actually Mark Curry from Hangin With Mr. Cooper.
 
2012-11-09 12:55:33 PM  
Well, if celebrities are doing it, it MUST be a good idea.
 
2012-11-09 12:55:37 PM  

SkunkWerks: So, a theoretical Union between Natalie Portman and Nelson C. Manteau would become the Portmanteaus.


Natalie Portman's real name is Natalie Hershlag (or נטלי הרשלג) and she's married to Benjamin Millepied.
That combines to something that sounds like a sneeze/cough.

"My name is Natalie Milshlag".

"Gesundheit."
 
2012-11-09 12:58:16 PM  

lohphat: How 'bout women stop the tradition of being chattel and keep the name they were born with, like their husband (usually) does?

Kids get the dad's name and middle name is mon's family name? Why can't both family histories be respected?


And after a few generations they'll start a) dropping names. B) issuing birth and death certificates in paperback format.

/having a geneology will require building a small library by the 2500s.
 
2012-11-09 01:01:12 PM  
This wasn't even a discussion when I got married, why is it now? Who the fark cares what their last name is?
 
2012-11-09 01:05:55 PM  

WhippingBoy: I must admit, it's better than hyphenated names.

Whenever I see someone with a hyphenated last name, I think to myself "Oh great, another idiot".


You can think that, but hyphenating surnames is a fairly old practice.

Also makes genealogical research a snap.
 
2012-11-09 01:15:46 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: WhippingBoy: I must admit, it's better than hyphenated names.

Whenever I see someone with a hyphenated last name, I think to myself "Oh great, another idiot".

You can think that, but hyphenating surnames is a fairly old practice.

Also makes genealogical research a snap.


Only noblity was allowed to have a double surname. Everyone else using it like that is technically breaking the law (here in the Netherlands, anyway).
 
2012-11-09 01:23:11 PM  
Problem with hyphenating names is what happens when little Bobby Smith-Brown marries Matilda Trout-Jones. Do they make a new name of Smith-Brown-Trout-Jones?

And then Joey Smith-Brown-Trout-Jones marries Willhemina Schwartzkoph-Hammacher-Schlemmer-Smith with a new name of Smith-Brown-Trout-Jones-Schwartzkoph-Hammacher-Schlemmer-Smith.

Madness I say...MADNESS!
 
2012-11-09 01:28:30 PM  
I would have gone with Mr. Cooters and Ms. Hunt.
 
2012-11-09 01:32:39 PM  
On the behalf of my fellow amateur genealogists every where I would like to protest this silly and obnoxious fad in the strongest of terms. Life is hard enough when your ancestors spelled their names more ways that Shakespeare or had to sign with an "x", which means somebody else gets to misspell your name. We don't need the aggravation of made-up names, you silly Bunts.

Just stick to using double-barreled names, Stupids. Or use her maiden name as a middle name when appropriate (when it doesn't sound utterly naff or pretentious).

And choose first names from the approved list. They do these things better in France, as the popular British saying has it.

My Mother says that if she had it to do over, she would give her children names that are easy to spell. My siblings had a hard time of it. My name is not hard to spell but apparently it is hard to hear correctly because I get 42 different versions (first and last names). Good thing my middle names seldom come into play. They'd really throw people for a loop.

Before naming a child you should run the proposed names past somebody who is honest and forthright and willing to rip your arm off and beat you to death with it, possibly a Mother-in-Law or a close personal enemy.

I expect this alarming new whim is putting us on the road to names that would make the Monty Python writers blush.
 
2012-11-09 01:39:18 PM  
I think meshing and hyphenating it dumb. Don't like your husbands last name? Then don't take it. Decide like adults which last name the kids will take and make the other a middle name (if you care).

I hated my last name. It was unique and I had zero Internet anonymity with it. My husband has a very common last name...like Smith. I didn't even think twice about taking his name. Screw having a unique name. I love not getting harrassed by ghosts from my past because there are 11 people in my state alone with my new name. We aren't having kids either, so it was totally just a "I hate my last name" issue.
 
2012-11-09 01:39:40 PM  

Badgers: Only noblity was allowed to have a double surname. Everyone else using it like that is technically breaking the law (here in the Netherlands, anyway).


Really common in Hispanic cultures, like "Maria Roman y Santiago" (literally, "surname AND surname"). Kind of odd the way they did it, though.

A child has the 'surname' of "dad's surname and mom's surname". You still see this a lot, but they drop the "y" (and), so you'll just see "Maria Roman Santiago".

When married, her surname then became "of husband's father's surname". For instance, if Maria above wed Carlos Nuñez Negrón, her surname would then become something like "Maria Roman y Santiago de Nuñez". This gets kinda unwieldy, so there is sometimes a tendency to drop the maternal surname and make it "Maria Roman de Nuñez" or "Maria Roman Nuñez" with any kids being "José Nuñez y Roman" or the like.
 
2012-11-09 01:39:53 PM  

Doomed: I'd almost rather see this than the epidemic of hyphenated names. Almost.

/wife took my last name
//gosh, we must live in the FIFTIES.


Oh, ffs. Since you've boldly expressed this opinion, and I have been waiting to ask someone for a long time, I wonder- why do you care?
Does it hurt your eyes? The hyphen, I mean. Why the eff would you care what someone else names themselves?
It's no skin off of your back, I'm sure, unless you're a data entry worker or some such.

I took my husband's last name, because his feelings were hurt that I wouldn't. Ya, I know. It's ok, tho. He's worth it.

So, I traded my mis-pronounced name for a very simple, relatively common name, not Smith or Jones or Wang or Hu or anything like that, but common.

My sister-un-law traded up to my maternal name in her book. She got tired of her Polish -ski at the end. Must have been bad, since my maternal name could be said (mis-pronounced, mind you) as a corallary for poop, or dick.
Or drugs, or soda-pop.


---no slashies for choo---
Mr. and Mrs. Dash T. Hyphen-McO'Hyphen-ator

so farking wat

Not a CSS. Should-a wrote that at the top-
 
2012-11-09 01:41:20 PM  
In Quebec, the Government chose to actively support double names for children, with the spouses keeping their original names or combining them, au choix.

What I want to know is what happens when the children with double names marry? Will names get longer with each generation? Is there a set of rules to govern dropping names to make room for new names? Will they have to put their line of ascent on the back of their business card like the Chinese do so that everybody knows who their 10th cousins are and what they have coming to them due to their degree of propinquity?
 
2012-11-09 01:41:38 PM  

TheMysticS: Doomed: I'd almost rather see this than the epidemic of hyphenated names. Almost.

/wife took my last name
//gosh, we must live in the FIFTIES.

Oh, ffs. Since you've boldly expressed this opinion, and I have been waiting to ask someone for a long time, I wonder- why do you care?
Does it hurt your eyes? The hyphen, I mean. Why the eff would you care what someone else names themselves?
It's no skin off of your back, I'm sure, unless you're a data entry worker or some such.

I took my husband's last name, because his feelings were hurt that I wouldn't. Ya, I know. It's ok, tho. He's worth it.

So, I traded my mis-pronounced name for a very simple, relatively common name, not Smith or Jones or Wang or Hu or anything like that, but common.

My sister-un-law traded up to my maternal name in her book. She got tired of her Polish -ski at the end. Must have been bad, since my maternal name could be said (mis-pronounced, mind you) as a corallary for poop, or dick.
Or drugs, or soda-pop.


---no slashies for choo---
Mr. and Mrs. Dash T. Hyphen-McO'Hyphen-ator

so farking wat

Not a CSS. Should-a wrote that at the top-


Oh, Phark.

Not sister un-law, sister-IN-law.

Though I wouldn't drop her, think about that. Un-laws. Can you do that?
 
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