The subject recently came up, ‘what would be the best last name to have.’
Here’s the deal – you can use any logic you like! Would you choose the last name of a famous person and go for the ‘I’m totally related to them,’ angle? A notable scholar? A famous person from history?
All very solid choices – and I applaud you.
That is not where my conversation with Matt (my husband) went. Now, I knew it would have to be a name that could be spelled, because between my maiden name and my married name, I have been spelling my last name 147 times a month since I learned to spell. And despite spelling it to everyone who will listen, people still constantly spell it wrong. So, in addition to all other requirements, I do insist that my ‘Best Last Name Ever’ be spelled phonetically. All that aside, the whole equation changed while back.
You see, several months ago, I ran across the last name of someone I do not know (and cannot remember where I saw their last name), but it was so awesome, I have thought about it since. And that name was ‘Fightmaster.’ Oh yes. Its just SO COOL. I think, though, if your name is Fightmaster, there’s probably some kind of obligation to get your kids martial arts lessons. Likely for their own good, cause everyone would want to take down the Fightmaster.
I would not have changed my name when I got married if my last name was Fightmaster. In fact, I think I would have insisted that Matt change his name. He actually agreed with that. So, if the time ever comes that I have to change my identity to escape my enormous fame and fortune as a writer (yes please), I’m going for Fightmaster.
I thought that was it. Problem solved! But no. Matt and I. . . . we . . . . I don’t even know how to say it. We DISAGREE. GAH! You see, Matt contends that he best last name to have ever is ‘Asaurus.’ Think about that for a minute. Add your own first name. Would it be Dave Asaurus? Wendy Asaurus? Heinrich Asaurus. Well, poo, I think he might actually be on to something. Endless giggling opportunity. I should probably point out we have been deep in dinosaur country for the past 4 years (nothings cuter than hearing a 3 year old say ‘I’m going to be a paleongologist.’ – Yes, I know that’s not correct, but he was three, cut him some slack.) The only thing that could even possibly make it better would be if you happened to marry someone who’s last name was Rex, and you decided to hyphenate. Kim Asaurus-Rex. Dang, I concede. That would, indeed be the coolest last name ever.
Do you have a better one? Speak up! I dare you.
Kim Asaurus-Rex (in my mind)