Growing up, people have always misspelled and mispronounced my last name. Next September, I'm getting married and I can't wait to change my last name. 

In my high school, there were two other families with the same last name as me. Let me explain more. Their last name was pronounced the same as mine, and everyone thought we were related. We looked nothing alike, and we were very opposite to say the least. I was so sick of being referred to as their cousins when I clearly was not.

Along with that, people often mispronounced and misspelled my last name. They spelled it like the other family's spelling or they made up a whole new spelling all together. It was just aggravating. Oh, and my last name was a little on the long side. Eight letters just seemed so much longer than other people with the last names of Adams or Smith. 

During my junior year of high school, I started dating a guy with the last name of Long. How ironic? His last name was Long, but it was half the length of my last name. We are now finishing up our junior year in college and have been engaged for over two years.  With our wedding coming up next September, I'm getting super excited to change my last name. 

No longer will people mispronounce or misspell my last name. Although Long might be more common than my last name now, I think I can deal with that better than the misspellings and mispronunciations. 

In our day-and-age, a lot of women are keeping their maiden names or doing a combination of their maiden names and their spouse's last name with a hyphen in between. I guess I'm going to be traditional on this one.

Have you ever had people mispronounce or misspell your last name? Will you take your spouse's last name?

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