Parents have always spent time discussing what name they’ll give their baby. Now, more and more parents are spending time discussing what surname they’ll give their baby. It’s no longer a simple matter of handing down the father’s surname, or the mother’s, or hyphenating the two.
Legally, Australian parents are allowed to give their children a completely new surname, and a lot of people are taking advantage of that opportunity.
Lorelei Vashti mashed up her real surname, Waite, with her husband’s surname, Wortsman, to create the surname Waitsman for her children. She says it hasn’t caused any hassles.
“I think, in three and a half years, two people have questioned me about it,” she tells Mamamia. “Literally, no one cares. Everyone’s doing their own thing. You have to do what’s right for you.”
Vashti, the author of How To Choose Your Baby’s Last Name: A Handbook For New Parents, says same-sex parents are leading the way when it comes to alternative surname options.
“They have to try to find new ways of doing this.”