Ok, so I have read so many blog posts about changing/not changing/hyphenating/merging names, so I thought I’d weigh in with my decision.
Vince and I have a very unique situation. Â His last name has always been Klue. Â He moved here 10 years ago from South Africa with his biological mother and his step father who has always been a true father to him. Â Over the past 10 years this relationship has grown, and he and his step father are as close as a father and son could possibly be. Â He has also had no contact with his biological father during these years.
When Vince and I began discussing marriage, I mentioned that while I love my last name-I definitely want us to share the same name. Â However, the Klue name means absolutely nothing to me as I have never and will never meet the man who shares that same name. Â I told Vince that as much as we both love and respect his “step” father, I would love nothing more than to take on his name rather than Klue.
Fast forward to this week. Â Vince’s step father OFFICIALLY and LEGALLY adopted my 28 year old fiance on Tuesday. Â This has been a very exciting and emotional week as we have been sure of this decision for a long time, and it means the WORLD to Vince and to his Dad that they are legally father and son. Â SO, after the adoption was final, Vince was able to legally take his step father’s last name.
I love that we had this unique situation for a lot of reasons-one of them being the fact that Vince and I are BOTH getting new last names around the same time. Â I am taking a last name that I am proud to have. Â A name that comes from one of the most amazing men I’ve ever met (his father). Â I feel so honored that he is going to be my father in law, and I’m so happy to share his name. Â I also like the fact that I’m not the only one changing my name, and we are both going to have Â a new name, and begin the first line of this name here in America! Â Amazing!
So, that’s my situation. Unique, huh–but I think it’s pretty cool :)
Oh, and since I have to have a picture in every post, here’s a picture of my wedding band that I got today! Â I am SO in love with it! Â (although I don’t know why my hand looks so man-ish!)
What about you chicas? Â Do any of you have a similar situation? Â Anyone out there combine your last names to make a new name? Â That is always so interesting to me, but I’ve never met anyone who’s done it…