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Is It Important For Parents to Share Same Last Name as Child?

In modern times, it is not surprising for mamas to keep their maiden names. In the case that the parents are happily together, many moms and pops give their child the father's last name. If, however, there was a less than amicable split before the birth, many mothers choose to label the baby with her own family moniker. Bridget Moynahan is one mama who thought her baby boy should be known under her name instead of her ex-beau, Tom Brady. Others, especially married ladies, like Heidi Klum take their man's name for themselves and pass it on to their offspring so that the whole brood shares one title. Do you think it's important for parents to share the same last name as their child?

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kmckay kmckay 7 years
i didn't take my husband's name when we married. we don't have kids yet but we'll probably give them both. when people question why i didn't change my name, i usually try to be polite, but it's hard ;) i mean really... would any man take a woman's name when they married? it's just as ridiculous.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
A child having the same last name as both parents isn't an issue for me. It's kids with hyphenated last names that can be annoying. I mean what happens if you name your child with both parents' last names, and then she wants to add her husband's last name to that as well? Just one name please
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
@ runningesq - I agree.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 7 years
I agree with number 1. My son has his father's,my husband's, last name only because it sounds better with his first name. I refuse to change my name because I am not a piece of cattle, my husband didn't fucking buy me when we married. If you LIKE your husband's name and want to change your own,go right ahead. But the idea of my husband having sex with someone that has the same name as his mom, sister and grandmother is just gross to me. I keep joking that our new baby will have my last name, but again, my husband's is a better fit. Just not for me.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
It's not necessary to have the same name as your child, but for some people it's just a nice sentiment. A name is a name, it doesn't make you any less of a parent if you don't choose to have the same last name as your husband or child. Since when I marry, I will take my husband's name...this whole idea of not having my kid have the same last name just doesn't apply.
Relli80 Relli80 7 years
I gave my child his father's last name. We are not married but intend too and then we will all have the same last name. Crisis? No, but confusing for some people when I correct them and then I get the "poor baby mama" look. Which to me is funny because I am the bread winner in this family.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I also like the idea of sharing a last name, but it's not the end of the world if we don't. We're not married yet, so our daughter has both of our last names. If we end up getting married, I think we'll just drop my last name and all share his. But like another poster said, it hasn't produced any crises yet.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i agree with's not crucial but for me, i like the idea of it while sometimes one parent has a different name, i think it's important that at least one parent has the same name as their child ex: a girl i know has the last name Barrett. her husband has the last name Olsen-Smith. they don't want to give the child Olsen-Smith because the Olsen comes from his father's side of the family who he doesn't assiciate with. so the baby is now named Olivia Barrett-Smith. so all 3 of them have different names. that's weird to me.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I don't think it's necessarily "important" but I like the idea of me, my husband, and my children sharing the same last name.
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