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to think that double barrelled surnames are chavvy?

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prudencesmom Mon 19-Nov-12 15:54:14

It used to be the case that double barrelled surnames where only for the gentry, now every Tom, Dick and Chavvy have them. What has happened?

YABU. My surname is double barrelled as DHs mum and dad were not married when he was born and they decided to use both for him. I took on his double barrelled name when we married. He is the only one in the world (other than me now, and soon to be baby) and is very attatched to his name. Although it will be hard for LO to spell, and I can hardly ever fit it onto official forms. But ho hum such is life.

FryOneFatManic Mon 19-Nov-12 16:30:49

My surname is a double barrel. DD and DS have DP's surname, which is actually longer than my double barrel. I've no intention of changing it, and I've had it for more than 40 years anyway. It certainly wasn't chavvy then.

Fenton Mon 19-Nov-12 16:31:44

My favourite double barrelled name was one I cam across when I worked in a bank. It was Farquharson-Small - I loved the sound of it.

MrsBovary Mon 19-Nov-12 16:33:41

What Mrsscoob said.

Justforlaughs Mon 19-Nov-12 16:39:18

Double barrelled surnames are just Soooo Yesterday! The rage now is to combine surnames to create a whole new surname, sounds great unless your surnames are "Jones" and "Edwards", a whole load of "Jedwards" grin

EverythingInMjiniature Mon 19-Nov-12 16:40:07

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Justfeckingdoit Mon 19-Nov-12 16:40:47

Oh, my DP has a genuine upper class double barreled name, which he changed by deed poll to single barreled as was always being treated (unfairly) well by people like the OP (it's a smitherinton-smythe one) and he wanted to be treated as he was found, not defined by being a toff.

My ILs are proper posh and would never, ever, ever use the word chavvy or even think it and that's the difference between worrying about class and being classy.

squoosh Mon 19-Nov-12 16:41:36

It doesn't need to be sustainable over more than one generation, it's a reflection of that particular person's parentage.

MinnieBar Mon 19-Nov-12 16:42:28

I would explain to you why we decided to double-barrel OP, except I don't think your small brain would understand. smile

TwistyBraStrap Mon 19-Nov-12 16:42:50

My surname was double barrelled before I got married. I changed it after my mother got married - I hated not having the same name as her.

Ironically it took me 5 years to have the same surname as my children!

squoosh Mon 19-Nov-12 16:43:46

Surname are common full stop.

All the very best people have just one name, Prince, Kylie . . . . . . . me.

pigletmania Mon 19-Nov-12 16:46:04

Op yabvvvvu. I have a double barrelled surname, it as been in dh family for centuries

IShallWearMidnight Mon 19-Nov-12 16:48:33

we double-barrelled when we got married - I didn't want to give up my name, and DH was happy to add to his, as it then defined us as a family unit. I don't care what the DDs do with their surnames, as that's entirely down to them when they are adults. So it's irrelevant to me that it's unsustainable.

(and for the record, neither posh nor chavvy, although we do speak "proper" so the DDs are always accused of being posh).

SaidFlorence Mon 19-Nov-12 16:49:40

Mountbatten-Windsor. Yep, height of chavdom! hmm

VinegarTits Mon 19-Nov-12 16:51:39

well of course, chav's cant spell so they shouldnt be allowed to have complicated surnames

in fact they should be allowed to have surnames full stop, the underclass should all be called chav with a number after - chavn

how very dare they, in fact, shot them all and have done with it

(personally i think calling your child Prudence is criminal <runs>)

Justforlaughs Mon 19-Nov-12 16:53:12

I think we should encourage people to use the old welsh way where your name included your entire geneology, so "Dafydd ap Owain ap Griffith ap ..... !" or after your proffession so "Dai Jones the shop" or even "Mrs Dai Jones the Shop". Now that would be fun!

MmeGuillotine Mon 19-Nov-12 16:54:41

One of my godmothers has a triple barrelled surname. I had a lowly double barrel until I got married and swapped it for a single syllable as I was fed up with people telling me that I sounded like a solictor's firm. grin

TakeMyEyesButNotTheGoat Mon 19-Nov-12 16:55:28

Well I wouldn't name my child Prudence OP.

Rather a double barrelled name than that.


upsylazy Mon 19-Nov-12 16:56:14

Re the sustainability thing, what happens if 2 people with double -barrelled names get married - Do you get a quadruple barrelled name? I'v always wondered this.

TakeMyEyesButNotTheGoat Mon 19-Nov-12 16:56:29

X post with vinegartits ( great name btw)

2teens2tots Mon 19-Nov-12 16:59:11

There is no hope for me ... I must be a Chav, well according to MN anyway, I had a pink pram, my baby wore a headband (to cover where the drip went when she was in the special care unit) I shop in ASDA, I have a large 3D TV, I have 2 fish tanks and now my maiden name was double barreled I think I should be taken outside and shot sad

VinegarTits Mon 19-Nov-12 17:01:43

thankyou, im thinking of changing it to Vinegar-Tits wink

getoutofit Mon 19-Nov-12 17:03:40

I wanted child to have my name, DH wanted child to have his name so child now has both names (hyphenated so well posh). If she doesn't like it she can just choose one (as long as she chooses mine as my family are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better). I thought I was being all feminist and like an intellectual for once in my life. It might be wanky but not chavvy.

nicelyneurotic Mon 19-Nov-12 17:07:27

So you think married women should take their husband's name?
Or that children should take only their father's name?

I don't.

Women have equal rights so why should surnames only reflect the paternal line? It's nice to include both.

noddyholder Mon 19-Nov-12 17:10:33

Using the word chavvy is uber chavvy

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