So I married into a hyphenated last name (my husbands since he was like 6, not ours combined). So what is the legal rule on naming your child? Even though it's our name and we're proud, both of us know that it's a real big pain in the bum to have a hyphenated last name that's like 15 letters long. We were thinking of 3 options (and for this example, we'll pretend that my last name if Smitty-Jones):
First name, middle name, Smitty-Jones
First name, middle name, Smitty
First name, Jones (as middle name), Smitty
Can you legally give your child a different last name than you have? If so, what are your thoughts on the above?