I was pleasantly surprised by the great response to the name posts during the first week of January. Last weekend, I asked you how you handled the last names when you married and had kids. I received many responses via comments, email, Twitter and Facebook.
Approximately half of those who responded said they took the spouse's last name and everyone in the family had the same name. The other half of the responders said they kept their last name or hyphenated. Each person in this group had a personal reason for doing so. The reasons varied from wanting to carry on the family name to the person was already established in her career and professionally known by that name. One person emailed me saying he was getting married soon and going to take his wife's name because professionally that was better for her.
Whatever the reason, a person's name, first, middle and last, is individual to that person and he or she should be able to be called and known by whatever name his or her parents or that person so chooses. For the most part, a handful of biblical and traditional names keep circulating through the generations, but it will be interesting to see what new names the next 20 years or so bring.
My mom found this cartoon in the USA Today last week from F Minus by Tony Carrillo and thought it was timely. I will post this week's Burning Question later today. Thanks to all who answered The Burning Question. Over and out…
In case you missed the name posts here are links to those: