Originally Posted by Flor
It actually surprises me-- we can pretty much put any last name even a made-up one on a child's birth certificate!
Not in all states. In some states, if a mother is married to the father of her babe, the child has to get the father's and not the mother's last name A couple who wanted to give their baby her last name had to fight in court to have her last name on the BC.
And, yes, it is unfair that it is harder for men to change their name upon marraige than for women.
Names carry such important symbolism for people that I think it good to not fuss and just call people what they want to be called. If only my in laws would understand that and call me by my name and not teh name they think I should have . . .