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February 05, 2006

Name Melding

Name melding is becoming more popular, as NYT writer Judy Ruderman and husband Gary Wilgoren become the Rudorens ("ruDORens"), and write about it.

This kicks it up a notch from the looser meld of sharing both names, as my friends Elissa and Jon did...when they got married, she took his name as a last name, and he took her maiden name as a middle name. So his official signature now has two initials in it: Jon A.S. Pollack, with the "S" being a "new" constant part of his familial ties.

Another famous name melder? Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was born a Villar and married Connie Raigosa in 1987.

(For those of you Smarty Pants who are skipping ahead, fear not...even hypothetically, there's no palatable way to our names together. Kruller? Wubs? Kreabber? Wulls? Wulbs? Dang Germans.

I've got a better chance of convincing G. to consider "Mr. Bug" than something like that.)

Posted by sedda at February 5, 2006 12:48 PM