Where do I even start?
I guess I'll start with me. I am Amanda Linnae Poppenger. My full name that I still legally have even though I got married almost 3 years ago. Lol. I have always gone by Mandy since I can remember. It's not that I don't like the name Amanda, but I think I always felt a little more unique being called Mandy because there were so many Amanda's in my classes growing up.
So 2014 comes around and I meet this cute cowboy named Daylyn. Long story short, we ended up getting married and having cute babies. ;) But when I met him, his name was Daylyn Xavior Moriarty. So, we got married and I took the last name 'Moriarty' and that's the name we gave our first born, Cash.
Daylyn only had the last name 'Moriarty' for a few years. He was born as Daylyn Xavior Eagleshield and had that name until he was in high school. Moriarty comes from his mom's side of the family. Eagleshield comes from his dad's side of the family that are Native American.
Quite awhile ago, Daylyn mentioned to me that he wanted to change his name back to Eagleshield. I was so against it, you guys. I met him as a Moriarty and loved that last name. I imagined all of our babies having Moriarty as their last name and I honestly just loved the sound of 'Mandy Moriarty.'
But over time, we started talking more and more about the name change. I never thought I'd marry someone who is enrolled in a tribe. I never thought that I'd have babies that are part Native American either. How neat is that? So over time I grew more and more fond of the idea of our children and our family taking the Eagleshield name. What a cool thing for our children to get to carry on!
So we decided to keep both. More like I told Daylyn that the only way we're changing our name is if we can have both. Lol. Moriarty-Eagleshield would be the name(s) we all take.
Before Stetson, our youngest, was born I took a tour of the hospital I'd be delivering him at and got us all registered. I wrote 'Stetson Neil Moriarty-Eagleshield' down for his birth certificate info. At the time, Daylyn had sent in the paperwork to begin his name change. The tribe told him he had to have Eagleshield-Moriarty instead of Moriarty-Eagleshield. Uggggghhhh!
June came around and Stetson was born. His name is legally Stetson Neil Moriarty-Eagleshield and Daylyn's name change went through (which is a bit of a lengthy process because they have to have a court hearing and approve it through the tribal court) and he was now Daylyn Xavior Eagleshield-Moriarty.
Y'ALL NONE OF US HAVE THE SAME NAME! We are a hot mess over here. Lol
So what are our names right now?
Daylyn Xavior Eagleshield-Moriarty
Amanda Linnae Poppenger
Cash Jason Moriarty
Stetson Neil Moriarty-Eagleshield
I never knew last names could be so difficult. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! #thankyouJesus
Daylyn's court date is coming up for his new name change. We made a final decision and chose to change all of our names to only Eagleshield. So once that goes through with the tribal court, we will make it a priority to start the process of changing all of our names so we can finally all have the same name.
I ordered Daylyn and the boys matching leather belts with our *soon to be* new last name on them to celebrate our final decision. We found them on Gavere Leather and we couldn't be more happy with how they turned out. Aren't they beautiful?
I don't know why I didn't order myself one, I guess I'm just not much of a belt person. Haha. I think that when we schedule family photos at some point in the future, I'll get my belt for those so we can take a picture of us all wearing them.
It's funny that a name can be so challenging to make a decision on. Daylyn knew he wanted to change it to only Eagleshield and he kept trying to persuade me into it, but it made me sad all the time because Moriarty is the name we gave our first baby. Over time, the more and more I thought about how neat it is for our children to carry on this Native American last name and embrace their heritage and where they come from. What a privilege it will be to have this last name!
So there you have it. Hopefully that can clear up the confusion for some of you who have been wondering what the deal is with our names. ;)
Thanks for reading,