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Lauren Lauren? 10 Ways Bush's Married Name Dreams Could Come True

Lauren Lauren? 10 Ways Bush's Married Name Dreams Could Come True
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When we were talking about "nice twice" names the other week, we couldn't think of any female celebrities who have the same first name as last. So you can bet the headline about Lauren Bush's possible married name grabbed our eyeballs: Lauren Lauren. Yes, the granddaughter of the first President Bush is marrying David Lauren, son of the designer, Ralph. (Two guesses who's doing her wedding dress.)

Actually, according to the interview in May's Harper's Bazaar, the model thinks the name she'll go by Lauren Bush-Lauren. In a remark probably not intended to fuel the tensions between women who take their husbands' names at marriage and those who keep the name they were born with, thank you very much, Bush explained, "That's not final, but I think it's nice to have the same name as your husband. I am sort of old-fashioned that way."

Lauren Bush-Lauren? That's clunky. Not to fear though, we've got plenty of ways Lauren Bush can achieve her dream of having the same name as her husband.

1. Her first plus his last: Lauren Lauren

2. Her first plus their last names hyphenated: Lauren Bush-Lauren

3. She could use her last name as a middle name: Lauren Bush Lauren

4. She could drop the Bush, and use her current middle name: Lauren Pierce Lauren (The ready-to-wear line she debuted in 2008 is called Lauren Pierce.)

5. He could take her name, making them Lauren and David Bush. While rare, this does happen. (In fact, a commenter on a recent Baby Name Wizard post about last names reminded us that this is what happened with Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes.)

6. They could make up an entirely new last name together, becoming Lauren and David Something Else.

But wait. This is Lauren Bush and David Lauren. For them, there are soooo many more possibilities.

7. She could make up a crazy last name of her very own, but keep her first name, Lauren. After all, her name will still match her husband's name.

8. She could go by just Lauren. You know, a la Lindsay. (What, you don't know who Lindsay is?)

9. She could take his last name, Lauren, but change her first name to something else, as Laura Wattenberg suggested on Baby Name Wizard. The former Lauren Bush could go by her middle name, but Pierce Lauren is a bit masculine. However, the sky's the limit, really. She could pick any name her heart desired. Daisy Lauren. Libertad Lauren. Barbara Lauren.

10. She could keep her current name: Lauren Bush. After all, her name will still match her husband's name.

If you were in Lauren Bush's position, what would you choose?



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April 26, 2011 8:01 PM
By shadelit (not verified)

I would consider changing my last name to David, so we could be Lauren David and David Lauren.

I'm good with hyphenated names usually, but Lauren Bush-Lauren doesn't work for me either. I'd go with Lauren Bush Lauren first, or Lauren Pierce Lauren. Next I'd consider Lauren Lauren, or Lauren David.

I like the idea of him changing his name to hers, but since she mentioned specifically being old fashioned re: naming conventions and wanting her husbands name, I don't see it happening.

I kept my last name and added my husbands' last name as a 2nd middle name, ie Firstname Middlename Hislastname Mylastname (say, Lauren Pierce Lauren Bush). My last name is still the one I grew up with, but his name is now part of mine too, a little romantic secret most people don't even know. He was planning to do the same, but for some reason it was against the law at the time when we went to change our names the easy way when we got the marriage certificate. I ended up doing it anyway as a surprise for him on a later anniversary, but it was a pain in the butt with all the paperwork going through the regular court system.

April 26, 2011 9:34 PM
By Michelle (not verified)

I happen to like Lauren Bush-Lauren and I think it blends in the tradition of bearing one's husband's name (that she seems to agree with) with preventing the embarassment that is living as Lauren Lauren. Going by Lauren Bushlauren might minimize the prevalence of Lauren in the name by hiding David's Lauren. However, if I was in her situation, you'd bet I'd just stick with Lauren Bush! But that just might be the feminist in me.

April 26, 2011 9:39 PM
By mk (not verified)

I'd keep my name, but that's what I'd do regardless of what his last name was. I like the idea of changing her last name to David too.

Bush-Lauren to me is a different, though of course similar, last name than Lauren. Since she specifies she wants them both to have the same last name, assuming he feels the same way, I think they should take either Bush or Pierce. I prefer Pierce.

April 27, 2011 12:08 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Is David's last name LOR-in or lor-EN?

April 27, 2011 7:38 PM
By Miri (not verified)

Or go by Laurie Lauren a la Marky Mark.

April 28, 2011 10:14 AM
By Sebalek (not verified)

Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz and legally changed it to Lauren (LAU-ren, French sounding) when he was a teenager...because, really? Who wouldn't.

Lauren Lifshitz would not be my first choice after having been a Bush. Can you imagine hyphenating that one? Lauren Bush-Lifshitz? =S

If she wants to take his last name, she could always change the spelling to Loren, a la Sophia Loren. I like the sound of Lauren Loren and it's more eye-pleasing.

May 3, 2011 8:30 AM
By elleireland (not verified)

She should keep the name Lauren, and go by the beautiful nickname of Elle.

Drop the Bush, and use the Pierce.

So, when they are announced, her name would be Elle Pierce Lauren.

All her friends would still call her Lauren.

May 6, 2011 9:12 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I like Lauren Pierce Lauren

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