I think any discussion of the last names of husbands and wives inevitably becomes a discussion about the last names of the children. I'm not exactly sure what you meant here: "When all the kids who hv difficult names want to legally chng their names when they become adults to mk their lives easier, that's their business." Which difficult names are you talking about-- the one that dad had or the hyphenated one with mom's and dad's last names? I certainly wasn't advocating that anyone change their names, or poking my head into anyone's "business." I was expressing an opinon. I believe the intent of the original post was to ask for opinions. As to kids being made fun of: I've taught a boy named Kim (and curiously, he was of Italian, not Korean, descent), a girl whose last name rhymed with "have a tube of glue"-- that's how she told us to pronounce it, and I still remember 20something years later, and a host of other "difficult" names. I once had a kid transfer from my school to the local public school (money issues) and from my debate team to theirs. She was born in Kenya. Her first name starte with a double "N" and her last name was very unfamilar to me (though incredibly lyrical) Her new debate coach asked me every week for six months how to pronounce her last name. I've taught a couple of Polish kids whose last names seemed entirely composed of z's, y's and k's. Heaven help the kid who makes fun of another in my hearing for ANY reason. That topic most certainly isn't limited to names. That's a discussion of bullying, and I have no tolerance for bullying. But as I understand it, a bully doesn't need a "good reason" for his behavior. If his intended victim is Tom Smith instead of Tom Wxyxayxay, then the bully will simply find another reason to pick on Tom. I can't imagine it actually being about the name. And I understand that adults have the perogative to legally change their names; that's why I chose to change my name when I got married. As to this: "In fact, one reason numerous celebs do it is to mk their names more American-sounding to mk their lives easier in the show business industry. If that's what they want to do, it's not up to us to say." Let's just say that of all the possible role models out there, I choose not to take guidance from "celebs." How incredibly bland a world we would have if we all had "American" sounding names. How many Smiths and Jones do we want to have?? I think the rich cultural diversity of our nation is something to treasure, not erase.