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Sunday, 17 July 2011

An Unconventional Decision: Another Edwards

Helen and Ian have, as those of you who read this blog know, just married.  When a lady marries the convention is (was?) that she adopts the surname or family name of the husband.  Ian has decided that he will adopt Helen's family name and become an Edwards. 

I think that's a really interesting approach and it's good to welcome another Edwards into the fold - particularly one as special as Ian.  

It's going to make the task of anyone researching the family tree in years to come a little 'interesting' though!

6 comments:

  1. Wow, I've not heard of anyone doing that but I think it's pretty neat. Yes, the 'family tree' idea might really mess with future generations but may not, as well, if they keep good records :)

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  2. He must really love the Edwards family...that's so wonderful...what a fantastic way to commit to Helen and that love. ;^)
    As far as the family tree stuff goes, just chart it now and make notes...as I'm finding while I'm digging through mine, it's a mess anyway! The good, the bad and the ugly comes with family trees. It will be just another interesting loop! ;^)

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  3. Surely speaks to his thoughts on your family!
    Will keep the "family" on their toes down the road, for sure!
    Congratulations to them!

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  4. In Sweden this is not at all uncommon nowadays. It is also becoming increasingly popular for both husband and wife to take on either a completely new surname or some old family name in connection with the wedding. Or sometimes they each keep their separate surnames. I never take it for granted now when someone gets married, what their last name might be after the wedding! I have seen all the varieties among my friends.

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  5. I think that decision would raise a few eyebrows in rural Northland. But maybe not. Would like to see it put to the test.

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  6. In Germany, men have adopted their wive's surnames for decades now; it is still not an everyday occurrance, but I personally know of at least two married men who gave up their surname. One of them did it because his wife is titled (a Freifrau, I have no idea what the English equivalent is), and the other one because his surname was of Polish origin, and he was sick and tired of it always getting spelled wrongly, no matter how many times he would spell it out for people.

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