Should I change my surname?

desidia at desidia at
Sat Mar 11 21:40:37 EST 1995

I am from Spain. In Spain, everybody has two last names.  My name is 
Gloria Mercado Martin.  Mercado comes from my father, and Martin comes 
from my mother.  When i came to the US i noticed that my name was 
taken as Gloria M. Martin, as it was assumed that Mercado was a 
middle name.  I decided to hyphonate my last name to remove the doubt.  
However, this method has also brought some confusion for many, as i am 
asked about my marital status frequently.  Even some college professor 
allowed himself a little joke at my expense on the first day of class:  
"What are you going to do when you get married?"  

Sorry that this is a bit off-topic, but someone complained about the lack 
of posts on this group, and why not?  

Gloria Mercado-Martin

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