I still haven’t decided about my name when the mister and I tie the knot - well, I’ve decided to take on his last name, because it just seems like it makes a lot of things less complicated and plus I think we should have a “team name”, you know? But I don’t know what to do with all my other names.
I’m not sure I want to deep six my middle name, because it’s my grandmother’s name. And I don’t want to dump the last name I’ve had all my life, because… I dunno, maybe I do. This is a big decision, easy to do in the first place but a pain to fix if I don’t like it, you know? I’m afraid I’ll do something that will be a big pain in the ass from this point onward.
So if my name were Gertrude Beulah Zebrowski and I were marrying Snidely Whiplash III, my options are Gertrude Beulah Whiplash, Gertrude Zebrowski Whiplash, or Gertrude Beulah Zebrowski Whiplash.
So, (and I suppose I’m asking for US opinions, as, say, Spanish names are totally different) who here has kept two middle names? Do you run into trouble at the DMV? Run out of spaces for your name and have to convince people that you’re you?
Alternately, anybody dump a name and regret it?
I know it’s more traditional to go with Gertrude Zebrowski Whiplash, which at least preserves your maiden name for your obnoxious genealogist great grandkids, but isn’t anybody attached to their middle name? I used to hate it when I was a kid (and it isn’t Beulah but it’s a nickname for a really heinous name, as my parents were at least kind enough not to give it to me with both barrels) but I’ve grown accustomed to it. But I don’t plan on absolving myself by Beulah-ing any kids, either.