I really like Mrs. FW's family name, but decided to stick with my own.
How do you feel about taking on a spouse's last name?
She decided to relinquish her melodic Irish surname in favor of my clangorous German one. No pressure from me on that, but she's a traditionalist, and as you said, new starts.
If you're going to talk about hyphenated names, you can't escape the discussion without referencing Johann Gambolputty-de-von-Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crass-cren-bon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelter-wasser-kurstlich-himble-eisen-bahnwagen-guten-abend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwürstel-gespurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-schönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittleraucher-von-Hautkopft of Ulm.
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