I was pleased to see that my cousin’s two children – both in their forties, married, with children of their own – have chosen to do something unusual with their last names. The girl and her partner have a hyphenated last name, but her name comes last in the equation. And her brother and his wife also have a hyphenated last name, but his name doesn’t dominate – again, it’s the wife’s name that comes last.
I like it!
OK, OK, for all I know it’s the norm nowadays – less so twenty years ago when they partnered up, I imagine. And south of the border in Mexico, it really is the norm, isn’t it? You may use your father’s surname for short, but your official name is topped off by your mother’s surname.
“To honour your mother,” as a Mexican friend told me.
I like it.