Keeping up with the Smones: 'Meshing' becomes the new wedding trend as more married couples are fusing surnames
14:10 GMT, 9 November 2012
Forget long-winded double-barrel surnames, the new trend for newlyweds is to fuse their surnames together in a show of unity and equality.
The practice, known as meshing, originally became
popular in the U.S. six years ago and has now caught on with couples over here.
Latest statistics show that hundreds of Brits are now fusing their surnames, in one example Mr Pugh and Miss Griffin became Mr and Mrs Puffin.
Meshing: TV present Dawn Porter opted to fuse her surname, changing it to O'Porter after her marriage to the actor Chris O'Dowd
Approximately 800 British newlyweds
have already meshed their surnames this year and the soaring popularity
of the practice has meant that the UK Deed Poll Service have had to
create a separate system to cope with demand and track the fast-growing
Claudia Duncan, an
officer with the service, said: 'Meshing has changed from
once being a rare novelty to now being noted as being one of the main
reasons couples may use a Deed Poll to change their names.
'Four years ago there were only a handful of couples choosing to mesh so the growth is huge.
couples the freedom of reinvention – meshing their names as a symbolic
reflection of their union with a completely new start without any
history being tied to their surname.'
Name change: Hundreds of British newlyweds have already merged their surnames
She added: 'Many
couples feel meshing is more romantic than double-barreling their
surname, while we did have one very honest client who said they could
not decide whose name should come first, so blending their names was the
Recent examples of names created by deed poll include Miss Harley and Mr Gatts who became the Hatts, Miss Price and Mr Nightingale who are now the Prightingales and Miss Clifton and Mr Mole now known as the Moltons.
The trend has also extended to celebrities as last week TV presenter Dawn Porter opted to fuse her surname changing it to O'Porter after her marriage to Bridesmaid actor Chris O'Dowd.
Equality: Husbands are opting for double-barrel names too
In our age of equality, an increasing number of women have been looking for alternatives to giving up their surname when they marry.
Double-barrelling still remains a popular choice and is currently more in demand than meshing.
Miss Duncan said: 'Gone are the times where women feel obliged to take their husband’s name, with many women establishing a name for themselves professionally prior to marriage.'
'Not only does relinquishing one’s surname feel rather antiquated, but it is quite impractical when women start looking at updating client databases and changing payment names, for example.'
'Many husbands are also changing their surnames to a double-barreled name, with several acknowledging that not only did it seem more equal for both parties to change their name following their marriage but they felt it was a shame their partner was giving up her name and link to her family.'