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December 12, 2011 9:15 PM Subscribe
Can we give our first child my wife's maiden name as his/her last name?
posted by holdkris99 to society & culture (39 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
OK, here is the deal. My wife and I got married a couple of months back and are beginning to make plans to (hopefully) have a child. My wife has not taken my name but plans on doing so, she just hasn't had time to go through all of the procedures. It doesn't matter to me, but she wants to so that's cool with me.
Thing is though, we both want our child to have her maiden name as his/her last name (she is not just an only child but like an uber-only child - her dad has two brothers and a sister, none of which have now (or will ever have) children and her mom is an only child). As far as we know, the family name dies when her father and his brothers die. (Now no doubt there are other out there with the last name, but I think y'all get what I am saying here. Her family reunions could be held in a phone booth).
So my question is can we give our child any last name we damn well please? If not, can she keep her name and give that last name to our baby?
Also, is this a bad idea? My family are up in arms because they think I am ashamed of my last name for some reason, but the fact is I have two kids, both with my last name and my wife and I would like to honor her family and kind of keep the name alive so to speak.
BTW, we live in Texas, US.