The Goddess of True Love had a sense of humor at times. She managed to make Delbert Loose and Christine Bowels become smitten with each other. The kept their own names, as couples often do nowadays.
After six months their bouncing baby boy, Darrell, appeared. But what last name should baby Darrell get? Darrell Loose, Darrell Bowels, or Darrell Loose-Bowels? Our intrepid parents decided to name him Darrell Lowell, amalgamating the parents' names. After all, why stick their beloved son with either ugly name?
The Tennessee Attorney General was recently asked an opinion by a concerned legislator: Can parents give a child of theirs' a surname different from either of theirs'?
The AG's opinion was that either parent's last name was acceptable, or hyphenating the two; but they could not give a child a new last name that was different from both parents'.
Thus a small bit of freedom gets eroded. Gee, even Republicans can act so arbitrary at times. In my opinion, the child's first and last name should be solely the parents' decision.