You are in for a last name confusion treat here, brace yourself before diving in!
You probably didn’t know that my last name isn’t Dileep. I bet that you didn’t know that I have two names in my last name.
Dileep is my husband’s first name. Usually in India we replace our maiden name with husband’s first name or last name after marriage. For me, it is not official. I just use my husband’s name as my last name in social media. My passport and other legal documents have the two named last name which is difficult many times. And those two names are my father’s and mother’s names!
All through the school days I was Vinitha Viswanath. I loved my last name. That is my father’s name. I come from Kerala and there most of us have father’s first name or father’s and mother’s first name together as kid’s last name . During my 10th standard, my mom insisted on adding her name’s initial to my name, because a name should have initials, it seems. That’s how my name got messed up. My parents weren’t aware that in a passport, name goes by first name- last name mode. I would like to cut the second name from my last name someday, though my husband is saying it would be better to change my last name with his first name. But I would love to come up with a totally new last name for our little family and be united in the last name region.
I have run into many difficulties because of my two last names. My son’s last name is his dad’s first name. So when he used to go to his playschool in USA, it seems, my son said to his teacher that “my dad is Dileep, He is at his office.” Teacher was puzzled why this kid is saying his last name as his dad’s name! She asked me about this and I explained all about this and left her even more confused. 🙂
So are you confused enough with my last name story? If not, let me know, I will take care of it. 🙂