Durham, NC (PRWEB) January 18, 2008
When it comes to family naming, one size no longer fits all. Family Naming Expert Kelly Utt-Grubb claims that last names have become a choice rather than a given, and she has created a new consulting service called Name Counsel to help.
Utt-Grubb, who assists those choosing or changing a last name, says the naming dilemmas which show up everywhere from television to our dinner table conversations indicate a collective agreement that we've outgrown our old way of thinking but haven't yet found the new answers we seek.
Although the majority of brides in the United States still take their husbands' last name, the decision of whether or not to modify a surname is no longer just for newly married women. Divorced and widowed women, new parents, same sex couples and even heterosexual men are becoming open to the idea of modifying a last name to reflect equality in their relationships, and a significant number have already done so.
Creative new solutions such as using the woman's maiden name for the whole family, combining two family names to create a new last name or choosing a completely new last name of special significance are being utilized.
After struggling for years with which name to use after her marriage, Cincinnati Psychiatrist Dr. Tammy Huber-Wilkins hired Utt-Grubb to help her decide. "Even as a Psychiatrist, I had not considered the depth of meaning and associations I had regarding my name," said Huber-Wilkins.
A 2002 academic study entitled ''Perceptions of Married Women and Married Men With Hyphenated Surnames'' conducted by researchers at Millikin University indicated that nontraditional naming is viewed mostly as a positive phenomenon.
According to The Name Survey conducted independently by Utt-Grubb, 75% of respondents think that using a nontraditional last name--defined as anything other than woman and children taking a man's surname--is a good idea.
On the net:
The Name Survey: http://www.TheNameSurvey.com
Name Counsel Consulting Services: http://www.NameCounsel.us