Is there a particular rule about the order of double-barrelled names?
Traditionally, do you put the mother's name first or the father's? or is it just personal choice?
I am thinking of using both our names to avoid confusion (a friend keeps getting asked if she is her ds's mum cos of her diff name).
It would either be:
Ds was/is registered with both names - she didn't question which way round so I am assuming there is no 'rule', however, she did stress that as dp and I aren't married, and as I had registered ds with both names I would not, in the future be able to change it. .i.e if dp and I separated ds would still have both names (he couldn't be re-registered just with mine...), the only way he could be re-registered is if dp and I married, in which case ds could be re-registered with dp's surname....whew, hope that makes sense....
thanks for all the replies!
It was originally just going to be Mitchell, but then i remembered this friend of mine getting really upset one time when she had to take her ds to hospital and they kept asking if she was his mum!
I figured this way there coiuld be no confusion!
I think we will probably go with Mitchell-Stephens.. it does flow better as pointed out!
I also read somewhere that children with longer names learn to write better as they have more to learn for their name! have no idea if it's true or not though!
I'm sure baby will love you for it's name when it does name poems.. I don't think it helps having a very long name, and as for 'just in case it has to go to hospital' and they keep asking if your baby's mum..pha..still if you want to give it a big name go ahead, what ever makes your coggs turn...
There are no rules that I know of - I double barrelled my name when I got married and have just put that name on my baby's birth certificate with no problems, then she has the option of using the whole lot or just the first bit (my husband's part of the name).
You can pretty much call yourself what you want anyway, just when you do get a passport, the plane ticket name must match exactly (this is the only thing that ever gives me trouble as my passport is still in my unmarried name - can't face getting another photo done). I seem to remember that it's a myth that you must change your name by deed poll to use a different one - legally you can call yourself what you want, it's just a lot easier if that matches your birth certificate! Mitchell-Stephens sounds better as well - and again, thee are no rules, you can do whatever you like with the order
Agree with the others about Mitchell-Stevens sounding better. But you can do whatever you like.
I'm unmarried, and we ummed and aahed about this one. Our names don't produce a nice double barrel, plus dp wasn't in favour of this solution. In the end dd got my name. The only logic was that I prefer my name to dp's (his is rather dull!), and he was rather keen on it too, I think he likes being seen as an unreconstructed feminist!
I had have just looked this up on the internet (well work isn't motivating me today!) and the citizens advice bureau website says you can call yourself what you want (but that's in the UK, rules are not so flexible if you or the child ends up somewhere else).
Also I don't see a problem with long names. The child can choose to use only one of them if he/she wants to .