We chose to hyphenate. The only issue I have come across is some online forms don't allow the use of a hyphen so you just have to join the names together or leave a space.
I personally have not had any issues with space on name forms etc with having what amounts to a relatively long name.
Having both our surnames as the official last name was important to us, so for that reason I would personally choose option 1.
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27-04-2014 13:54 #11
27-04-2014 20:53 #12
My partner and I both have long surnames with unusual spellings so we didn't want to give our children double the trouble by hyphenating or double-barrelling the surnames. As a result DD has my surname as one of her middle names and DP's surname as her last name. DS has DP's surname as a middle name and my surname as his last name. The more old fashioned members of my family are horrified, but we think it's a fair way to approach baby naming.
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29-04-2014 12:15 #17
I hated my hyphenated surname and don't think it would've been any different if it was double barrel instead. It was long, hard to spell when I was little and confusing to explain to people.
However I was never given the option of using another name/just using one. It wasn't the norm when we were kids and I guess because my parents had the same surname it would've been a little strange for me to go by something different.
DH joked that we should triple hyphenate our names when we got married. I told him I wouldn't marry him
I am keen to give this bub one of my surnames as a middle name should it be another boy.
29-04-2014 12:48 #18
My DH's family name (the surname he was born with) was hypenated. And he hated it. It had too many letters and he was forever spelling it out *Jones HYPHEN Smith* for an example. Last year he changed his surname legally and dropped the first surname, so now he is only "DH Jones" instead of "DH Smith-Jones".
I wouldn't go the hyphenated option. Anything but the hyphen!!
29-04-2014 12:56 #19
If you're ever likely to take your partners name then I would use your name as a middle name
01-05-2014 18:30 #20
Ooh more replies! I really should pay more attention when I start a thread :P
Shani - your hyphenated name does seem marginally 'too' long, but it's the same number of syllables and only 2 letters longer than what I'd be considering, which isn't significantly different… hmm.
(And it's a nice boy's name)
And Cicho - that's a good point, he would have to spell it out every time. But both DP and I already have to spell out our relatively simple surnames every time anyway, so I'm not sure if this would make it twice as annoying, or only a little bit more since he'd have to spell something anyway! lol
I really don't want to burden him with a long, difficult name but I'm also really apprehensive about choosing one name in case he grows up wishing he had the other. Grr why can't children just have nicknames and then choose their own legal name once they're adults!
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