Morpheus on… Hyphenated Names

One of the by-products of Political Correctness is that these days, when two people decide to get spliced, rather than just throw her surname down the dumper – they get hyphenated (settle down!)

However, despite the laudable motives behind this trend, it does present a SNAG.

Let us say Mr Smith meets Ms Jones. Okay, they become Mr & Ms Smith-Jones. Or perhaps Ms & Mr Jones-Smith. So far so good.

But a generation along, they produce a son, John Smith-Jones (or John Jones-Smith) and he meets a similarly-blessed girl – say, Mary Brown-Featherstonehaugh.

NOW what?

Do they become Mr & Ms Smith-Brown-Jones-Featherstonehaugh? And what happens when THEIR grown-up kid meets Jack or Jane Beauchamp-Cholmondsley-Wildegoose-Fazackerley?

Surely now, SOME of those names are going to have to GO. But which? How do they decide? Flip a coin? Many times?


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alfie on October 27, 2014 at 3:42 am

    My younger daughter (who got married last March) took her hubbie’s surname but changed hers by deed poll to make my (and her original) surname one of her middle names so that it doesn’t get lost. I was touched!
    Mind you she has told us that because of her love of mediaeval history her children will be blessed with either Eleanor-of-Aquitaine or Geoffrey-of-Anjou as their prime moniker!
    Also, as she has some of my sense of humour too she wants them to have “Danger” as their middle name!
    Writing birthday cards is going to become a right bastard if THAT happens!


  2. Posted by cyrusquick on October 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Somebody had to raise this matter. Well done! Logic would suggest that (in the great re-naming that we now realize is imperative) each lady ought to CHOOSE her name, period. Then each daughter should be assigned her mother’s name, and each son should be assigned his father’s name,

    As long as we do not let the politicians take us to war on the issue. Actually, second guess that: anyone who DESIRES war, encourage them to knock themselves out in a traditional battle-field set. Lessen the over-population. But no conscription and no bombing. Hand to hand only. I hope this was helpful.

    My real name is Wayne Shufflebottom-Cobbledick-Lillicrap-Pratt. I am so glad to tell you. What a relief it is to come clean…

  3. Posted by Vincent on October 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Danger Is My Middle Name – literally LOLled at THAT one!!

  4. Posted by cyrusquick on October 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for the alert to this interesting piece. Alfie certainly is a character!

  5. Posted by cyrusquick on October 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I completely failed to see the joke on that one.

  6. Posted by Vincent on October 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Me and Alfie… it’s the Copleston Effect.

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