Hyphenated Names

What's In a Name: the Dreaded Hyphen

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This piece was originally published on November 5, 2013 on Mother Thoughts as a response to the JWA Last Name blog series.

To be perfectly honest, I can't stand when someone asks for my full name on the telephone. Not only do I have an unusual first name (with an atypical spelling), I also have an unusual and hyphenated last name, and I end up saying something like this: "Okay, my first name is Adena, A-D-E-N-A, and my last name is Cohen-Bearak, C-O-H-E-N, hyphen, then B as in boy, E-A-R-A-K. Got it?"

A Jones by Any Other (Married) Name

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I recently got engaged, and despite the fact that my byline is short and simple, figuring out what to do about my last name will be tricky.

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