Image copyright Reuters To hyphenate or not hyphenate? That is the question that’s come up due to confusion over how Rebecca Long-Bailey – or should that be Long Bailey? – styles her name. The Labour leadership contender’s team had told media, including the BBC, that her surname officially had no hyphen. It appears that way…

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To hyphenate or no longer hyphenate? That is the keep a question to that’s advance up due to confusion over how Rebecca Lengthy-Bailey – or must aloof that be Lengthy Bailey? – kinds her title.

The Labour management contender’s team had told media, including the BBC, that her surname formally had no hyphen. It looks that plot on her UK Parliament web page and her non-public web put too.

But it’s miles written as Lengthy-Bailey on her Twitter web page (even supposing her deal with makes spend of an underscore as a substitute). Then came observe from the MP herself. “There truly is a hyphen but I’m no longer bothered,” she told Sky Data on Sunday.

The confusion looks to non-public advance about on yarn of Mrs Lengthy-Bailey doesn’t mind both variation – and she’s no longer by myself in her indifference, with Helena Bonham Carter also having previously said the hyphen in her non-public title became “non-obligatory”.

The difficulty of hyphens will get more advanced when any individual joins the Dwelling of Lords, with peerage principles tense a double surname be hyphenated (so or no longer it’s Andrew Lloyd Webber but Lord Lloyd-Webber, and Martha Lane Fox but Baroness Lane-Fox).

But the put there may maybe be a desire, why form some accumulate a hyphen the put others don’t?

‘Making themselves distinctive’

Jane Pilcher, affiliate professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent College, reviews surnames and is drawn to how folks accumulate what to title themselves.

“It is all linked to identity and what folks want to claim about themselves by the naming alternate concepts they compose,” she said. “Of us are freer from traditions now. They want to imprint themselves out and compose themselves distinctive.

“Whether you non-public chose a hyphen or no longer comes into that. It is a subject of identity and what you should claim about your self – there are no strict principles about it. More broadly, or no longer it’s piece of the societal trend towards individualisation so you stand out from the crowd more.

“Almost definitely any individual who needs a two-piece surname doesn’t want to be viewed as extinct and would no longer accumulate to hyphenate in consequence. Where hyphens sit is never any longer a big remark – but I’d issue the absence of 1 is some distance more informal and no more extinct.”

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, only has one surname on his shirt whereas Trent Alexander-Arnold will get both

Dr Pilcher says some accumulate one surname after they marry, some accumulate two – and some accumulate to blend names, as is the case with presenter and creator Dawn Porter who grew to turn into Dawn O’Porter when she married actor Chris O’Dowd.

She says that there is also now an increased visibility of names.

“Of us are more conscious of surnames now. When I left school, we never had hoodies with the total leavers’ surnames on – now you watch them the total time, and there are double-barrelled names in a combination of different names.

“And with footballers’ shirts – they never worn to non-public last names and now many footballers non-public two surnames. It is increased folks’s awareness and confirmed there are alternate concepts.”

She saved her non-public surname when she purchased married but her young folks non-public two surnames.

“We chose no longer to make spend of a hyphen on yarn of it aesthetically regarded higher that plot,” says Dr Pilcher. “But folks will keep a hyphen the put there is never always one, so we’re in a fixed battle with colleges and doctors’ surgical procedures to legend their title because it’s miles formally.

“Having that second surname makes you a technique more particular person particular person, and more recognisable. My son is a musician and now sees it as a plus that he has two surnames.”

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Author and journalist Carmody Wilson Hallamore has the same opinion that having two surnames may maybe well maybe additionally be a bonus.

She took on her second surname – Hallamore – when she purchased married and enjoys the flexibleness of being in a put to construct up easy programs to model her title for numerous conditions. Having a hyphen, she said, would non-public made it “too long and too formal”.

She added: “I treasure that I non-public alternate concepts and the hyphen feels treasure a series which may maybe well force me to make spend of the double-barrel only.”

It is no longer always with out complications, even supposing – she says both names were keep on her situation of job door, and besides they ran out of condo because it became too long.

‘Very top to be consistent’

Professor Richard Coates, who took piece in a frequent survey of UK surnames as piece of a College of the West of England team, said: “The more extinct British plot of doing it’s miles to hyphenate with one other surname. It is turn into more general now with young folks born to unmarried fogeys or the put a girl has chosen to deal with her maiden title as successfully.

“In other traditions such as Spain and Portugal, each person has repeatedly had two surnames so there is never any longer any tradition of hyphenating at all.”

Solicitor Joanne Ford Pereira said she took her Portuguese husband’s surname when she married – aligning with his nation’s tradition of retaining your maiden title and including your husband’s surname, with out a hyphen.

“My husband would no longer non-public cared both plot, but I cherished the convention and I treasure that Alice, my daughter, now has her maiden title as piece of her surname. I’m one of three girls and we’ve now not got any cousins on my dad’s aspect so Ford would non-public long gone when we were all married.”

Etiquette advertising and marketing consultant Jo Bryant said: “It is popping into more general to non-public two surnames as there are varied forms of union and varied attitudes to marriage.

“There is a range of non-public desire over whether you need to always aloof or must now not hyphenate but or no longer it’s supreme be conscious to be consistent. It is priceless to others to snatch easy programs to address you in correspondence.”

That is to deal with faraway from the “hyphen or no-hyphen confusion” as viewed in the case of Mrs Lengthy-Bailey.

Ms Bryant adds: “There is no trusty or spoiled plot, but or no longer it’s more of a handy remark and about warding off pretend pas by getting it spoiled.”

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