Can cousins have different last names?

Can cousins have different last names?

No, it is not required. The offspring of brothers have the same surname and are first cousins. Though they might be first cousins through sisters, the sisters' surnames are frequently different owing to marriage. As a family's male relatives have children, the same surname will be passed down through generations. First names may also be used as a way to distinguish between them.

In some cultures, such as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, if two people are born within a few months of each other, they are considered by law to be the same person because their lives belong to the same family. This means that they share the same last name and are first cousins. However, this is not true in many other countries including the United States.

In the United States, last names are given to friends or relatives who you want to show your respect for them. You would not give your friend or relative a second name because there is no guarantee that they will live longer than another cousin.

In some cases, two siblings can have the same last name if one of them gets married without having children. If this happens, then any children that follow later can use the same last name as their parents. For example, if Susan Smith had a brother named John and John never married or had children, then he could have used his sister Susan's last name instead. This is called "adopting" someone else's surname and it is very common among siblings.

Do siblings have the same last name?

Sure, if they share the same father, if they're adopted (through a deed poll), or if the stepfather is already a person with the same name, such as an uncle (assuming this is in a culture that passes patrilinear family names). My maternal grandpa married his sister-in-law after his wife died. He had three children by his first wife and four by his second. Two of the eight had different last names because they didn't get to choose them.

In some cultures where inheritance is based on gender, such as many tribal societies, boys will often take their father's name while girls keep their mother's name. This is true even if the girl gets to choose her own name when she signs up for school.

In other cultures where inheritance is based on seniority, such as many African-American communities, the younger child usually takes the name of the older one. So if John has two sons and Bill has one son, then when John dies, Bill would be able to pass on his surname to his younger son but not his older one.

In yet other cultures where inheritance is based on blood relationship, such as many Indian tribes, everyone receives a surname. They may choose their own personal name too, but it's only used as a first name.

Finally, in some cultures where inheritance is based on marriage, if husband and wife belong to different surnames, the husband keeps his wife's family name.

Does everyone with the same last name come from the same family?

No, depending on how popular the surname is and how they gained that family name, two persons with the same last name are not inherently connected. Look for heritage clues and familial points of origin using the surname, and then trace each back to a common ancestor or disprove the tie.

For example, John Smith and John Doe both work at the Jones Company; there is no connection between them other than sharing the same last name. However, Susan Smith works at the Smith Company and her husband Rodney is a police officer; they have proven to be from a family who owns the Smith Company. Susan and Rodney's children also work at the company. There is a connection between all these people despite coming from different families with different last names. The ties go back many generations.

Another example, Alice and Betty White both work at White Company; they are cousins. Both families shared an ancestor who had two daughters named Alice and Betty is some distant relative was very fond of flowers. They both worked at the company that carried their names because there were no other White businesses at the time. There is a connection between these women even though they don't know it yet!

In conclusion, yes, two persons with the same last name can come from different families but they will always have some type of connection. Use evidence such as history, relationships, and context to connect these names with their respective families.

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Jessica Mountain

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