After much deliberation and long discussions, I changed my name to my husbands last. Kailey has his last name as well, and that is the only reason I changed it.
ANyway, in the beginning I was going to keep my maiden name and then give Kailey a hyphenated name. I think hyphenated names are super cool, and that way your child can have both. I also LOVE the idea of given boys daddy's last name and girls mommy's.
I know in Sweden(or maybe Finland or somewhere around there) it is really cool too.
If you are Niel's son, your last name would be Nielsen. If you are Niel's daughter, you assu,ed your father's last name, althuogh I watched an interview where the daughter would become Nielsdeuter(sp?)(sp?)
-Or something like that. Now THAT is cool!
Just a tidbit of info I found:
The use of the suffix -sen (meaning son of) was the standard for determining the surnames of peasants and their children until the late 19th century, when surnames were no longer a privilege just for the aristocracy. A male peasant child who was named James and was the son of Christen, would thus have been called James Christensen. Daughters assumed the surname of their father.
For those starting Dutch research, a study of patronymics is a must. To many, this word "patronymics" is a strange one. I like to think of this word in two parts - "patro" = father, and "nymics" = naming. It refers to the way the Dutch people gave "surnames" to their children in the 1600s when they came to America. The Dutch did not have surnames per se, when they came to America. Instead, they were using a naming system in which the father's first name became the child's last name. When the father's first name was used as a last name, many times a suffix was added to the father's first name to indicate "son of" or "daughter of". (Ex. Jan, son of Hendrick would be written Jan Hendricks, Jan Hendrickse or Jan Hendricksen.) Note the suffixes "s", "se", and "sen". Women many times had a feminine form of suffix such as "s", "se", "sd", "sdr", and even "sen" which implied the full suffix of "sdochter", meaning "daughter of". (Ex. Jannetje Dirksdr would be Jane, daughter of Dirk [Richard].)
Sorry this is swaying OT, but thought this info was interesting
editted to correct information and add paragraph.