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One of the key decisions in giving birth is selecting a surname for their arrival. Some parents opt to keep their mother's last name while others might opt for something hyphenated like "Jenson-Smith". Khloe Kardashian welcomed a son with Tristan Thompson through surrogacy earlier this year and recently posted photos on Instagram featuring herself, daughter True and baby boy wearing matching red Nicolas Jebran dresses. 1. It Shows Your Commitment Your decision about their last name will have a permanent mark on their birth certificate, making changes difficult or even requiring court order in the future. Therefore, parents should carefully consider any decision before they make it; if unsure, seek help from family or counselors; they might help create a plan tailored specifically to your family's needs. When giving your baby your last name, it is important to consider its effects on both you and any former partners involved in your relationship. Furthermore, consider its ramifications on other members of your family such as grandparents and relatives before discussing it with any current partners if applicable. Khloe Kardashian of Keeping Up With the Kardashians fame recently welcomed her first son via surrogacy at the beginning of August 2021 and named him Tatum Robert to honor her late father Robert Kardashian. KKW Beauty founder Kris Jenner invited both of her parents, mother and sister Kim over to talk about naming their child. Kris noted how much the little one resembled his uncle Rob; Kris also asked, "Don't you think he looks more like Rob than me - he is absolutely perfect," as Kris stated. The sisters discussed the significance of giving their children last names that reflect their heritage and legacy, and considered both maternal and paternal routes as options. As more women opt to keep their last name after marriage, many couples are opting for maternal-based names when naming their children. This can be an excellent way of celebrating family unity and creating an environment in which all the children feel connected; additionally it can provide couples without sharing the same last name an easy way of encouraging their kids to embrace their mother's culture. An alternative route may offer many advantages for parents; however, they should remember that not everyone will approve. For instance, if her last name is unpopular within her family or the wider community. 2. It Preserves Your Identity Parents often face one of their first big decisions as parents after giving birth - choosing a name for their newborn - within days. First and last names tend to get most of the attention; but selecting an appropriate surname should also be given equal weight. Traditionally speaking, it has been assumed that children take on their father's surname; however with an increasing number of women choosing not to use their maiden names post-marriage and bearing children without traditional husbands, giving their surnames is becoming an option that helps preserve individual identities by helping mothers preserve themselves through providing children with unique surnames for them and keeping identity by passing it onto them when it's given at birth. Parents have various ways of making this decision: some choose a hyphenated name while others give their child their maiden surname as part of a middle name combination; but in all cases, giving their child their last name affirms both her identity and that of the family she is creating with their partner. Some mothers consider the choice to have sentimental value; perhaps the name represents their bond with their father or the legacy of their family, or perhaps they simply want to ensure their child doesn't become less identifiable by taking on another last name. At the end of the day, each couple must decide what feels right to them and base their decisions around their values and family they are building together. There's no right or wrong answer when making such an important decision for your child and family. As time progresses, naming your children may continue to be a challenging process. Couples should carefully consider all options when creating their family landscape; but no matter their family structure is, loving and providing for them should remain the top priority. Kris Jenner made a joke during an episode of KUWTK regarding her daughter Kim Kardashian Thompson's new baby boy and his name - Rob! "Don't you think he looks like Rob?" she teased, before laughing out loud as the camera panned to his son! And indeed - Rob did look quite similar! 3. It Shows Your Love As an expectant parent, choosing which last name your baby will take can be a monumental decision. Many couples opt to hyphenate their names or even create new family names altogether; what matters is that both partners make their choices based on shared values. At the core, love should dictate which option is chosen for your child's sake; some parents opt to give their offspring their mother's last name while others might prefer giving their offspring their father's. Names have significant significance when choosing a baby name, making the process incredibly personal and intimate - yet often controversial! In-laws, friends, foes and even strangers may all give their opinions. Deliberating over which last name will go with your little one has long-lasting effects for both you and your partner as well as for their extended families. BabyCenter conducted a recent survey which revealed that four percent of newborns are being given their mother's surname; in some instances this may be for practical reasons; such as giving her child their own family name to preserve its legacy. Psychoanalyst Nancy Chodorow attributes this tradition back to Darwinian evolution. The patrilineal name can serve as an essential link between children and their father, who is usually perceived to be their biological parent. For instance, when the father is deceased or no longer present in life, honoring their legacy through giving the child's mother's name may still serve to honor that side of family tree. Khloe Kardashian made her decision to give her son Tristan's surname as an indication of her love for him and believes their future together will outshone any past pain. Hopefully, Khloe and Tristan can set aside any differences for the benefit of their child. 4. It Shows Your Support One of the key decisions parents must make when expecting a baby is what last name to give their newborn - either their father's, mother's, hyphenated last names or something else altogether. No matter which choice is made, it will have serious ramifications for both you and your family. If you choose to give your child your last name while maintaining his/her original surname, this could create some logistical headaches when it comes to school pick-up, travel arrangements and filing official documents. Furthermore, this decision may prompt people to question why your child has your last name instead of his. Obviously this is no fault of yours but having to answer endless inquiries may become tiring over time. Adopting your last name as the surname for your newborn can be an ideal way to recognize both motherhood and start a lasting family tradition. This can especially come in handy if the father is absent, or you are uncertain whether you would like him involved with future families. Selecting a last name for your child can be a significant decision, so it is advisable to discuss it with both partners prior to making your choice. Remember that it may be possible to change their birth certificate within certain time limits should this become an issue. Naming your child is an extremely personal decision and should reflect both parents' tastes and beliefs. Whatever last name is given to the infant, both you and your partner remain responsible for his/her care and support; joint custody could be given or sole legal guardianship may be elected based on preferences. Additionally, if not married it's vital that paternity be established prior to giving birth in order to receive child support payments if applicable.