For the less conventional newlyweds among us there’s a brilliant new answer to the surname dilemma. Of course, many brides are more than happy to do as tradition dictates and take their husband’s last name — and the vast majority of them do — but it doesn’t have to be like that.
We’re not just talking about hyphenating the two surnames. More and more couples are either combining them to create a new name or adopting a completely new last name altogether.
One couple — Cora Stubbs-Dame and Suriya Jeyapalan — got their friends involved in the process. They wanted to combine their names but needed some help. So Cora posted a Facebook challenge: to come up with the best combination for a new “custom” surname. The couple settled on Jeyadame, which is now Cora’s last name and also the name of their son. Suriya kept Jeyapalan as her legal surname but uses Jeyadame socially.
For Alice Kirby and Larry Charny only something completely different would do, as they didn’t want to take each other’s names. So they went with Dark. “We think about language and words and we kind of free associated… Charny means black or dark in Russian, and at the time there were no others in the phone book (sic),” Larry told ABC News.
Writer and TV presenter Dawn Porter found the perfect way to keep her own surname while giving a nod to her new husband, Chris O’Dowd. After their 2012 wedding she added the “O” to Porter and is now known as Dawn O’Porter. “I am lucky that I have the option to keep Porter prominent and take a tiny letter that, for me, expresses the unity with my husband that I am proud of,” O’Porter wrote in Glamour magazine. Although we think this would have been way cooler if her hubby had done the same.
In 2012 around 800 British couples “meshed” their last names, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics. In one example, Mr. Pugh married Miss Griffin and thereafter they were known as Mr. and Mrs. Puffin. Genius.