Help me beanplate baby's last name
November 18, 2011 6:15 AM Subscribe
We are considering giving our unborn baby its mother's last name as a last name and its father's last name as a middle name. How confusing will this be to strangers?
I am the the father, and I like this idea very much. My only lingering concern is with having to explain it to strangers on a regular basis. It seems that if the kid had a different last name from the mother, explaining would only be a minor annoyance, but a different last name from the father is a little more confusing because it is unusual, and even after explaining, people may assume that I am a step-father.
Am I overthinking something that's going to confuse people no matter what? (We are not open to hyphenation or a name change by one of us.)
Am I missing some other issue about people's perceptions?
We are in the U.S. if that matters, and we are likely to continue living near and socializing primarily with the kind of liberals who shop at farmer's markets and read the New Yorker cover to cover, though our kid will probably be in public schools.