When Hyphen Boy Meets Hyphen Girl
regular ol’ love story: boy meets girl, they fall in love, and then they
started thinking about marriage. But then, there’s a twist: both have
hyphenated last names, and merging the two would create a household that
sounds like a law firm …
The pair chatted and flirted for a bit. Those were the good old
days, before they started discovering the kind of issues that inevitably
pop up later. Like when Brendan first noticed the name on Leila’s mailbox.
"I remember looking at hers and being like, ‘Holy crap, there’s
another hyphenated last name!’ "
Brendan’s last name is Greene-Walsh, and Leila’s, Rathert-Knowles.
They both hoped things would continue to go well — but they
both also knew they were a pileup waiting to happen.
"My names would probably be Leila Rathert-Knowles Greene-Walsh,"
Leila says, laughing.
Brendan smirks, too. "It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t
What do you think they should do? I, for one, vote that they use the
letters of their last names to come up with a new one. Tovia Smith of
NPR’s All Things Considered has the story: Link
(Photo: Brendan Greene-Walsh)