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The Disappearing Hyphen: Surnames Are Getting Simpler

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Robbi Sherwin, a member of the Austin-based Jewish rock band Sababa, dropped her hyphen because it was cumbersome and wouldn't fit on forms. (Courtesy of David Finkel)

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MissNowMrs.com has helped more than 12,000 women navigate name changes at marriage since the site launched in September 2006. (Courtesy of MissNowMrs.com)

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***PLEASE NOTE SMALL FILE SIZE: 1100x850 pixels*** Founder Danielle Tate rarely receives inquiries about hyphenation. Instead, she says it's trendy for a bride to take her maiden name as a middle name. (Courtesy of MissNowMrs.com)

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Hyphenates like Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum, who starred as Robert Moses in the 2005 Off-Broadway play "Boozy," can quickly spot their names in lists. (Courtesy of Les Freres Corbusier)

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***PLEASE NOTE SMALL FILE SIZE: 800x600 pixels*** Actor Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum's efforts to streamline his name to Jake Grigolia were thwarted when rave reviews of "Boozy" cemented his reputation as a hyphenate. (Courtesy of Peter Hurley)

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Hyphenating a surname at marriage is no longer the powerful feminist statement it once was. And with the rise of trendier, less conventional name options, the hyphen’s moment has passed.


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