I can understand why some people would feel sad. My sister and I both married and have girls and we won't ne carrying the name down on, not down dads line anyway. But dad was one of 8 boys so the family name will certainly be carrying on (breed like rabbits is a phrase that comes to mind about some of my family....shame I missed that fertility gene). If there was a chance that our family name (which I really do hold dear: it is off a massive, loud family, a lot of fun times, my remarkable grandma who was wise and loving and strong and capable) ran the risk of dying out I would certainly feel a sense of loss. I suppose it is important to me but that doesn't mean it is necessarily important to others.
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