It sometimes happens that women decide to keep their maiden name when they are married. They like their own name better, want to keep it for professional reasons or want to keep the family name alive. In that case, what surname do you give to your children? It’s a matter of preference. You can decide on the shortest one, the most common one, or the most convenient one.The last name that you choose for your child should make sense and flow well with the first and middle names you are considering.
If your partner’s last name is very common or if it is the name of a well known famous person that you don’t care for, the two of you might consider giving the baby the maternal surname or a combination of both.
This could provide more suitable options for first names, too. There is nothing wrong with John Johnson,
but if you can name you child John Stephenson, it will appear a bit more original.
Why Daisy and Lawrence VanderBilt?
“When I was pregnant with Daisy, we had to decide which surname to choose for her. I had retained
my family name, as I am an only child and love my name. Ultimately Jason and I chose to give her
my surname in order to keep my family name alive, as he also has three brothers.
We used Jason’s surname, Grey, for her middle name. When Lawrence was born three years later,
we continued that tradition. His full name is Lawrence Grey VanderBilt.”
Although Nickelodeon Parents and Preschool Network provides fun and useful info, none of its
content is meant to substitute for medical or other professional advice.
In other words, if you're having a medical, parenting, or other emergency,
we urge you to contact an appropriate professional (or dial 911!) rather than rely solely on us.
By using the site, you agree to be bound by our long-but-informative