Ever wonder why it’s always Tom and Katie -- never Katie and Tom? Or Brad and Angelina -- not Angelina and Brad? Turns out, a new study has found that people are likelier to list the man’s name first when they’re talking about a couple.
According to researchers, the tendency to start with men's names is a throwback to the days when they went first as a rule -- since they were considered to be more powerful and influential.
But while this study was looking primarily at written, more formal communication, we started wondering how modern couples are addressed by their friends and families. So we asked Nesties on the community boards what order your names tend to come in.
Here’s what you had to say:
· His name and her name: 27.8%
· Her name and his name: 20.6%
· It’s not consistent: 51.5%
As we suspected, it’s not so cut and dry. Here’s how a few of you explained your ordering system:
For my husband and me, it's his name then mine...something about the names makes them roll off the tongue easier if his goes first. It's the opposite for several of our couple friends, though. For me, it's all about the ease of spitting out the names -- and nothing to do with any kind of relationship hierarchy, or which person I know best/longer.
On our wedding invites it was mine then his, because that's just the etiquette, but usually people just say "nick n ash” -- probably because it's easy to say and it flows.
My people say my name first, his people say his name first. Isn't that common?
My family will say my name first -- his will use his first or just his. I would say most of our friends refer to us as "him then her," but our sisters are always “her then him.” Maybe it has to do with who you’re more connected with in the relationship coming first?
Formally speaking, I always do his first and typically when talking about a couple, I do his first as well. BUT when the female in the relationship is someone I know personally, I do hers first!
It depends on who we're talking to. If they know me better, my name is first...except the older couples. Then it's his name first. And his friends put his name first.
How does it work in your nest? Share your answers below.
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