Smith & Doe or Smith-Doe?
June 11, 2014 9:27 AM Subscribe
What's the best way to reflect our family's last names on a return address stamp?
posted by handful of rain to Human Relations (38 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, this is critically important and well worth my question quota. I never changed my last name on marriage, a decision that my husband and I are 100% comfortable with. I didn't hyphenate - I'm just "Jane Smith" and my husband is "John Doe." Our kids have the last name Doe. I want to get a return address stamp made, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want it to say.
The one thing I love about single-last name families is that you can call them "The Does" and it's cutesy and easy. I've typically called us "The Smith and Doe Family", which is okay but is clunky and might come off as pretentious. My husband, who immediately followed up this suggestion with the caveat that he really doesn't care, proposed "Smith-Doe Family" which is shorter and reads less oddly, but I don't want people to think I've hyphenated my name suddenly, after 8 years of marriage. But I guess keeping the word "family" might help make it clear that it's referring to all of us, not just my name.
So, any votes on "Smith and Doe" vs "Smith-Doe"? Any other ideas I haven't thought of yet?