'They'll Be Confused': Trend Of 'Mashed-Up' Surnames Leaves The Internet Divided
Double-barrel last names have been surpassed by a new trend of the blended last name, but not everyone is a fan.
Sydney couple Courtney Cassar and Laura Sheldon decided to keep their last names when they got married.
But after welcoming their first daughter, Lyla, they knew they wouldn't be giving her a double-barrel last name, despite their growing since 1980.
"We both work with children and our experience has been that most kids with double-carrel names pick one or the other," Courtney a 31-year-old teacher at Pennant Hills High School, told 10 daily.
"In this day and age a child's last name isn't an indicator of who their parents are."
Wanting to give Lyla a last name that represented both of her parents without giving her a lengthy last name, they opted for something else entirely.
A 'blended' or 'mashed-up' last name, where they took elements of each of their own last names to make a new one.
"We love the idea of choosing a name that honors both families. We had also heard that other people had done it before," Courtney explained.
With this idea in mind, he and Laura, 29, went about creating a combination, settling on the surname Casseldon, naming their daughter Lyla Jill Casseldon.
While their family and friends have been incredibly supportive of their decision, the trend has been met with mixed reactions online, with some suggesting that children with mashed up last names will grow up 'confused'.
“Family trees are going to get much harder in the future,” one suggested.
“Previously surnames were a sense of pride, indicating where your family came from and your heritage. This will indicate that your parents are hipster bogans,” added another.
However others defended the choice, pointing out it is a parent's decision to choose what they like when it comes to their child's name.
And for Courtney, he said anyone who knows him and his wife, also knew it's something they would've gone through with.
"We're determined in that way, especially seeing as though we had put a lot of thought into it," he told 10 daily.
To name a baby in NSW, parents need to inform Births, Deaths and Marriages of the child’s full name according to Service NSW, being a similar process in other states, with Courtney explaining it 'surprisingly didn't take much' to do.
"All the information was on the NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages website because it's not uncommon for parents to have a different last name as their children," he said.
"All the concerns about traveling internationally or enrolling in school are pretty outdated."
There were no issues when it came to putting the name on Lyla's birth certificate either, with Courtney adding: "You just write the chosen last name on the form and that's it."
Courtney and Laura's daughter joins a group of babies to be given a blended last name, with statistics from NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages showing that the number of children with last names that don’t align with either parent has increased from 3.8 per cent to 9.4 per cent between 1980 and 2019.
The blended last name has surpassed the double-barrel latest name, with only 3 per cent of children in 2019 being given a hyphenated last name. This is despite it still being more popular when compared to the 0.7 per cent of last names in 1980.
However despite the growth in last name trends, the traditional practice of a child taking their father’s last name still remains the most popular among 85.5 per cent of children in Australia.
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