DP and I are trying to decide on how to handle surnames for our incoming baby. We want to give him both of our names but aren't sure whether to use one as a middle name or have a double surname (not hyphenated).
We want him to have maximum flexibility if he later chooses to only use one name, but with minimal paperwork and inconvenience. Thankfully our surnames are only 5 and 4 letters long, so 10 characters with a space in the middle - I don't suppose anyone knows if this will fit on most forms that have spaces for each letter?
Just to clarify, if our surnames are Bort and Blimp he could be called :
1. "Firstname Middlename Blimp Bort", but ideally go by any one of "Firstname Blimp Bort", "Firstname Blimp" or "Firstname Bort".
2. Or "Firstname Blimp Bort" where Blimp is given as the middle name.
3. Or "Blimp Bort" as the surname, but no official middle name at all.
Has anyone done this with their children? Or have this sort of thing themselves? Any opinions on what would be best?
It's a fairly minor issue in the end, but I don't want to choose the wrong thing and give him a lifetime of mild annoyance at his name...
Neither of us have any intention of changing our own names for professional reasons. And we don't feel the need for a general middle name, if we do give one it'll probably just be a video game reference or something