Socialite and model Lauren Bush is currently discovering a new answer to the age-old question, “What’s in a name?”  The relative of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and founder of FEED Projects is engaged to be married to Ralph Lauren’s son, David Lauren.  Therefore, she will soon be Lauren Lauren if she decides to take his last name.  Bush, who began modeling in high school, met David Lauren in New York in April 2004.  According to People, Bush tentatively plans to solve this ironic dilemma by hyphenating her name. “I think it will be Lauren Bush-Lauren.  That’s not final, but I think it’s nice to have the same name as your husband.  I am sort of old-fashioned in that way,” she said.

What are some ways to avoid having an unflattering last name after marriage?

Cupid’s Pulse:

Though Lauren Lauren is more ironic than embarrassing, last names can be a very sensitive subject in a marriage, especially if they make you chuckle.  Cupid has some advice on how to avoid ending up with an unflattering last name:

1. Create a new last name: It may not be traditional, but many modern couples have decided to create a new last name by mixing both of their names together.  This ensures that your child has a part of both your last names without sounding like a law firm.

2. Keep your old name: Your name is part of your identity, and choosing not to change it doesn’t make your marriage any less meaningful.

3. Hyphenation: If you don’t mind ending up with two last names, this might be the way to go.

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