posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 02:24 PM
In the south it is very common for a woman to have two first names: Mary Margaret, for example. Sometimes it is just stringing the first and middle
names together. Sometimes there is a separate middle name. In Catholic families I have seen all daughters incorporate "Mary" as part of their first
Two last names is frequently the result of not wanting to take the surname of the male. Sometimes this is because the surnames of both partners are
noteworthy. You see this in classic British aristocracy such as depicted by Jane Ausetn, for example. Other times it is because of the feminist issue.
My lawyer's last name is "Edensword-Breck" I don't know which name is his and which is his wife's. I just know his wife said he would be sorry.
He did it on his own, a baby boomer out of the sixties. It hardly rolls off the tongue well and sounds pretentious to me.
So, that's why.