Feminist Last Naming Practices

Nontraditional Last Name Stories

Lisa Cipriany-Dacko

Lisa Cipriany-Dacko made the decision to hyphenate her last name in an effort to keep her personal identity after marriage.

I was pretty independent by the time I got married so I just wanted, [long pause] since I had so many professional contacts out there I just wanted people to remember who I am.

When asked if keeping last names has been effective in helping feminism, and helping women retain their identities, Lisa responded “Yeah, I do think that and there were some feminist motives behind me doing that.”

She explains how, although her children are both Dacko’s, they will grow up and “develop their own identity as a Dacko.”

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