Six couples reveal how and why they changed their surnames, and the reactions their sometimes unorthodox decisions prompted.
The Jewish name game
Solomon or Sigmund? Dharma or Deborah? Whether you’re expecting, trying or simply procrastinating, Haaretz helps you choose your child's Jewish, Hebrew or defiantly universalist name.
I was born a Weinstein. Then I married a Sager. But we wanted to have the same name as little Theoretical.
Sharing a name with my partner isn’t an act of power of one side over the other. For me, it’s a unifying act.
Hyphenating is so last millennium. Today's Jews are creating weird new ways to build a name.
For most millennia, Jews had no surnames other than 'ben'. Now, thanks to Spanish inquisitors starting the trend, they do.
Breaking up is hard to do, especially if you created a new family name or took your spouse’s name when you got married.
In a hybrid of new-age trends and Jewish tradition, secular and religious Israelis are increasingly tampering with their names in difficult times.
Yael's mother has a confession: Yael is now 10 years old and her grandfather in London still cannot pronounce her name.
Zarechansky became Sa'ar, Brog became Barak: Behind many names in this country are stories involving a desire to forge a new identity in a new land.