Czech Culture & Adaptation Language

Half-n-half: Naming: The culture of ‘-ová’

January 25, 2008
official letter from foreign police to Emily Pruchova

Taking on a Czech surname wasn’t as simple as I’d first thought

Deciding whether or not to take your partner’s surname is a hot topic among my Y-generation contemporaries. I have as many friends who’ve kept their maiden names as I do friends who’ve taken their partners, and I even know a few PC pairs who’ve created their own new amalgamation of a last name. When my Czech-husband and I first agreed to marry and start our own family, it seemed logical to us that we have the same name. At the time we were living in America, and with the green card application process and international travel to consider, it made sense. However, taking on a Czech surname wasn’t as simple as I’d first thought.

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