And, in some cases, using two names can provide some levity.
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“It was a long time ago when I got married, and the world was a little different,” said Dr. Woodson. “When my husband and I checked into a hotel, we used to get some funny looks or raised eyebrows when we registered with two different names. I would often explain that we were married, and my husband would tease me by saying, so the clerk could hear it, ‘Oh, you don’t have to lie. No one cares if we’re not married!’”
Cheryl Alkon is a freelance medical writer based in Massachusetts.