Monday, December 03, 2007

Smith - Smythe - Smith

My name is Kaz Jazz Fan (Ms or Mrs)

Unlike Betty I didn't keep my maiden name - it was just too complicated in a time when we still had Harold Wilson, they'd just elected Nixon and 'Major Tom' was still on the ground.

Changing names can be traumatic for a woman - Margaret Sandra decided to drop her surname altogether and found it nearly impossible.

It often seems that surnames aren't an issue until the couple has issue.

When teaching in the inner city, I was astonished to see a Gareth Prescott - Hutchinson on my tutor group list. Would he be like Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen or Tiggi Leg - Bourke?

Gareth turned out to be a likeable, dozy kid from Gorton whose parents just couldn't agree on a surname.

Nancy Banks - Smith said of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ... "He will kill and eat anything that is not actually running for a bus". Nancy (the one who writes the witty Corrie reviews for the Grauniad) is far from posh. I remember her writing about her dad (or grandad) who was a dustman.

There are some couples who should never be tempted to hyphenate.


And there's more here.
KAZ

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28 Comments:

Blogger Murph said...

Can't believe those names were genuine but very funny indeed all the same!

I think Kevin Barr ought to make an honest woman out of you - the celebration could be entitled "Rock the Kaz Barr".

3:11 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

You could have married Mr Ualty or Mr Tration.
I hope that this helps.

3:23 pm  
Blogger Rimshot said...

I hyphenated once. The medics came and gave me oxygen and got better.

4:40 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

Couldn't the couple who were called Crapp-Beer have reached a compromise and changed their surname by deed poll to Carling or Heineken?

5:21 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Murph:
I do hope you aren't doubting the integrity of my sources?

I've always wanted to hear someone say to me - 'Come with me to the Kaz Barr' ....in a sexy voice of course.

Vicus:
The choice of those names suggests that you know me well.

Rimshot:
I bet that oxygen made you 'high - phenated'.
Come down at once!

Betty:
Perhaps Will Carling and his wife used to be called Crapp - Beer.
He probably changed it to please Diana.

7:46 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

If the Hardy-Harrs were to get divorced, who would have the last laugh?

7:54 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Carrying on from geoff's comment...........i wonder if people are ever called the same surname+christian names?
Richard Richards or James James?
Even better someone called,say,Adam Adam-Adams would be really Cool!You wouldnt know if they where Really-Really Posh or just had a bad stutter.............

9:03 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

I knew someone with the surname of Malarkey who married Mr Moon and then hyphenated to become Mrs Malarkey-Moon. Bizarre. But funny, yes.

8:27 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I didn't know anyone with a double-barrelled name, until I started blogging. When I found out the real surnames of two of my readers, they turned out to sound awfully posh.

As I have no idea what the real names of most of my readers are, you may all be upper-class twits, for all I know.

8:34 am  
Blogger I, like the view said...

I went from a three-part surname to a two-part surname when I married(*)

my paternal grandfather was a gas meter reader

(*neither of them is very amusing - but deed poll suddenly has its attractions)(as does a poll on my blog to see what I should go for)

9:27 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Geoff:
'Hardy - Harr'!!

Tony:
There used to be a store in Liverpool called 'Owen Owen' apparently this was the name of the owner.
A friend of mine married a guy with the same surname - they could have hyphenated and started stuttering.

Nora:
Blimey! I bet the Malarkey - Moons had some jolly fun .. eh?

Dave:
Well I'm a bit of a twit.

View:
I didn't know you could really have a 3 part name.
Don't suppose it was Smith - Smythe - Smith was it?

I'll be over to vote in a minute.

9:51 am  
Blogger tony said...

did i ever tell you i went to college in Liverpool?
CF Mott........

9:00 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Any relation to the Hoople?

Burnley, Withington, London, Hebden Bridge and Liverpool. You've seen life eh?

9:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not anonymous, actually NiC said:

It's the next generation that really have to worry...what if the Hardy-Harr's son marries the Crap-Beer's Daughter and they become the Crap-Beer-Hardy-Harrs?

Or the Hardy-Harr-Carp-Beers, I'm not sure which round it's supposed to go etiquette-wise.

8:39 am  
Blogger stitchwort said...

One of our school governors, long ago and far away, was a Lady (something) Twistleton-Wykeham-Fiennes.
There's a couple of Fiennes fellows about now who are probably related.

9:47 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

NiC:
The mind boggles -
I think Crap-Beer-Hardy-Harr has a better flow.

Stitch:
The mind boggles again.
It's hard enough spelling my monosyllabic surname to someone in a call centre far away.

12:37 pm  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Whilst I was minding my own business at a Scandals resort last year, I could not help but notice that the Beaver Wetters had hooked up with the Best Lays and Wang Holders.

My word how the staff enjoyed themselves.

MPFC's Upper Class Twit of the Year sketch changed my life..I remember my sides aching from laughing so hard (I was about 13) and thinking this is the funniest thing in the world ever. Eat the Rich. These are my people.

I also decided that Brit 'humour' (OK some)was one million times more complex, highbrow, multi-layered, sarcastic, and intellectually stimulating because at the time American audiences still thought that some guy swearing was the zenith of artistic freedom.

Damn those zany, madcap, Puritans and their f%#$@*&g lingering stranglehold on the Colonial mindscape.

2:25 pm  
Blogger Rimshot said...

yeah, what HE said (get it?)

3:15 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

H.E.
I would just love to be complex, highbrow, multi layered and intellectually stimulating - sarcastic I can manage.

The Upper Class Twits did it for me too.

Rimshot:
HE says it so well ...and so do you!

4:25 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

whispers
I've got a hyphen

*runs away*

7:15 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

So you're the one of whom Dave spoke.
Was this before you wed Himself?

And if so - are you now triple barrelled?

7:50 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

I once knew a bloke called John Thomas.

I hope he married a gal called Fanny.

11:10 am  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

How can Ziggi still have her hyphen intact with all of that horeseback riding that she does?
As if!

1:48 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Garfer:
Do you think that might need translating for transatlantic readers?

HE:
That gal has some questions to answer.
I've given her a shout!

5:06 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

what questions??? where?

6:30 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

From H.E. re hyphens and horseriding and Kaz (moi) re hyphens and names.

6:42 pm  
Blogger Gareth said...

My sister hyphenated her name on marriage as she didn't want to be a plain Ann Evans, my female cousins did likewise. My family name is rather unusual, I've met 90 of all those born after 1810 who have or have had it.

If it wasn't so unusual I'd have followed Margaret Sandra's route and dropped it.

4:59 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Am I right in thinking that the Welsh are a special case? Jones, Evans etc.
I think Margaret Sandra might have succeeded if she hadn't been quite so inflexible.

6:56 pm  

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