Some Couples Create A New Last Name All Together

Are you married? As a woman, did you take his name? As a man, did you take her name? Are you a same-sex couple? Who gets whose name in that case? Very real questions.

According to a study in the article, 89% of women take the husband’s last name. 4% of those women hyphenate their name with his, 5% make his name a second last name after her own. 1% of couples make-up a new name completely, and of that 1%, most are LGBT couples, according to their research.

Roman Antonio Quinn moved to Pittsburg from the Dominican Republic when he was 6, then-named Jose Antonio Roman. 21 years later, he married his childhood friend Kaitlin May Wortelboer. She says people call her “water bottle” because her last name is difficult to pronounce. “It’s 10 letters, it’s hard to say, people used to call me ‘water bottle,'” she says.

They decided to go with her mother’s maiden name of Quinn, since neither of them were very close with their own fathers; his wasn’t around, and her parents were divorced. They were able to legally adopt her mother’s maiden name after paying just north of $600 in fees, and a lot of paperwork. It’s a few extra steps and a background check, but it’s starting to become a little more popular.

Would you, or did you and you spouse make up a new last name after getting married?

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