What comes first in an hyphenated name – the surname given by your parents or the surname of your husband? I always thought it was the surname given by your parents. So, I was surprised to hear my colleague stating it was her husband’s name that came first in her hyphenated name!
In France, you have freedom to choose which comes first! If you want your husband’s surname to appear first, you can do so. If you want the surname given to your by your parents to come first, you can do so too.
The strange thing about the whole hyphenation was something else. You can give your kids a hyphenated name. If you are legally wedded, then your kid should have double hyphenation ie --! If you are not legally wedded, your kid should have only one hyphenation. Isn’t this almost like branding?
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