Meshing Surnames

Meshing Surnames

When you get married you change your name, right? Well, yes. Traditionally, women take their husband's last name - but the new trend for modern couples is to blend surnames, or 'meshing', as the Deed Poll office calls it.

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This past year alone 799 British newlyweds have combined surnames to 'reinvent' their identity.

Mashing has resulted in amalgamations of names, so the likes of Mr Pugh and Miss Griffin become Mr and Mrs Puffin.

Television presenter Dawn Porter is one of the celebrities to embrace the growing trend, having changed her last name to O'Porter after marrying Bridesmaid actor Chris O'Dowd.

INSIDE DAWN O'PORTER'S WEDFEST

"I am lucky that I have the option to keep Porter prominent and take a tiny letter that, for me, expresses the unity with my husband that I am proud of," explained O'Porter in Glamour magazine.
According to the UK Deed Poll Service, meshing has been 'primarily' adopted by 'younger couples' in their twenties or early thirties.

Claudia Duncan, an officer at UK Deed Poll Service said: "Meshing has changed from once being a rare novelty to now being noted as being one of the main reasons couples may use a Deed Poll to change their names."

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"Four years ago there were only a handful of couples choosing to mesh, so the growth is huge."

"Meshing has allowed couples the freedom of reinvention - meshing their names as a symbolic reflection of their union with a completely new start without any history being tied to their surname."

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