Marriage Mayhem: Do I Change My Name?

Ellen Whelan-Wuest is a mouthful -- her name, that is. Her mother, Maria Whelan, a 1970s feminist, couldn't part with her birth name when she married Jack Wuest, whose last name she deemed unpronounceable, a "downgrade." As Ellen tells it, an "evil nurse" questioned the ridiculousness of calling her elder sister Catherine Mary Whelan Wuest, and in the "throes of post-partum depression and first-baby anxiety," the new mother agreed to hyphenate. "I hadn't even been born and my whole life got...Full Story
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