Hyphen-Nation

In yesterday’s New York Times, there was an article about hyphenated last names, and what happens when kids with double last names become parents.

Today, Thanksgiving, I am grateful for two things:

1. That my parents didn’t hyphenate my last name. After all, I could have been Paula Miriam Kashtan-Rabinowitz-Finkelstein-Saks. (A little Jewish, perhaps?)

2. That my last name isn’t Tuhus-Dubrow, like the author of the article. In addition to the hyphenation, she was blessed with the Yiddish word for “butt” for her last name.

Tell us: What would your hyphenated last name be? And what are you grateful to not have for a last name?

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  1. by Heather

    On November 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    My last name is not hyphenated on my social security card, however, New York State insisted that I hyphenate it on my driver’s license!

  2. by SocialJerk

    On November 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Funny, I posted that NYTimes article on my Facebook page on Thanksgiving day, explaining that I was very thankful to have grown up with my hyphenated last name!

    It was certainly a pain in the ass, as I have two unusual names, don’t get me wrong. It was shocking how many people just didn’t get it–they assumed that my parents weren’t married (nearly 40 years, thanks) or that they had been divorced, or that my mom didn’t really love my dad (that’s the weirdest one.)

    But it stood out, in a good way. It taught me to be feisty and to stick up for myself (no, I’m NOT ok with you only using my dad’s name on my library card) and it was a very easy, early, ongoing way that feminist principles were imparted to me. And that’s one of the greatest gifts my mother and father gave me.

  3. by Dillpicklesmom

    On November 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I don’t have a hyphenated last name, thankfully. The one I have is long and complicated enough for two. If it was hyphenated, it would have been carmody-micklitsch. Micklitsch is enough haha. I was not married when my son was born, and wanted to hyphenate his last name but was shot down. Cut to 3 years later, and I’m in the midst of legal wrangling to get his name legally changed to my last name. Should’ve listened to my gut and filled out the form with my last name only, no hyphens or father’s last name…