The Pitfalls of Hyhphenating Your Name
After Marriage

1. Spelling your name over the phone can get confusing.

Sarah Chancer and her new husband decided before their wedding that they would both change their names after their nuptials. Tate Lowe hadn't been fond of his short two syllable name and was looking forward to becoming Tate Chancer-Lowe. They both agreed their new names had a nice ring to it.
Until Tate called his mobile phone provider to change his name.
The foreign call centre worker had trouble understanding him over the phone and when he received his next bill, he didn't know whether to laugh or cry. His new name was "Tate Chancer Hifen Lowe".

2. Forms sometimes don't have enough room.

Laurien, who hyphenated her name about a year ago, wrote in complaining about the pitfalls of forms. She didn't realise until a couple of months in when she was filling out a form with boxes; one for each letter. They hadn't provided enough boxes for all the letters in her last name.

3. "Your name isn't allowed to contain symbols".

This is the response Kala received when she tried to change her name on Facebook. The solution? She had to contact Facebook and send through proof of her name with photo ID. We all know how easy it is to get a response out of the Facebook help team. Good luck Kala!

4. Computer software doesn't like symbols.

It's not just Facebook (sorry Facebook), lots of other systems / software don't like hyphens either. Sometimes they get left out, or the second half of the name just goes missing. Most of the time it's not important or there's a work around, but when it comes to plane tickets and medical records, sorting out these name issues can be a real hassle.

5. Sometimes for convenience, you just end up going with one name.

When you've just had enough, you might find that you just end up going with one name, for the convenience. And then everyone is confused.

6. Sometimes for the convenience, others just end up going with one name.

Even worse than shortening it occasionally yourself is when others decide to do it for you. This usually happens in the early days when family, friends and colleagues might be confused about your new name, or not sure if one or both of you have taken it on.

But if you decide to hyphenate...

If you still decide to take the plunge into hyphenating, there are lots of benefits as well. And as long as you're aware of the dangers and pitfalls and try to mitigate them early, I'm sure you'll have a long and happy life with your new name!