Everyone who has a double-barreled surname is fit

It’s a fact we all have to accept

Observation: people with double-barrelled names are usually really fit. 

Find me a Hector Montagu-Stuart or a Sarah Smith-Dorrien or a Lucía Carvallo-Arriagada and you will have found me a very good looking person, nine times out of ten.

We spoke to some good looking, well-named people about what their surname means to them, and how it feels to be fit and have a fabulous name.

Livi Brooks-McLaughlin, 19, Bristol

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I do like my name, I think it’s quite cool. However, it often pisses me off. I hate how it’s hard to say, and comes across a bit pretentious. It singles you out, and when there is a register of some sort and it gets called out in front of other people, I often feel like everyone turns around. It’s quite obvious they’ve just looked at me and thought bad things about me just because of my surname.
I don’t think I would push for the double barrel with my own kids, but I wouldn’t be against either. Thinking about changing my name when I’m married to an ordinary name like “Smith” would actually annoy me though. It is too basic to replace Brooks-McLaughlin with.
I have never heard anyone think double barrelled surnamed people are more attractive. But then again, Rosie Huntington-Whitely? She’s very attractive.

Isabel Gonzalez-Prendergast, 20, Royal Holloway


My name makes me feel sparky. People are always telling me I have a long surname…I know. Or they say “you’re the one with the long name” as if I’m some weird fetish girl.

It does start a lot of conversations to be fair, everyone comments on it. The worst is when they joke “like speedy Gonzalez!” – ugh.

When I was younger I definitely thought it was definitely a curse, people made a huge deal about it, like whenever people in my year would purposely spend ages calling my name out – I used to just shout “G-P” at them, but now it’s definitely a blessing because it’s a memorable name. So edgy.

People with double-barrelled names are good looking because it’s character building. You gain a lot of confidence, sarcasm and sass. Sass plus sarcasm plus confidence equals beauty.

Sofia Tindall-Guignard, 23, Luxury Brand Media

My name makes me nervous because no one can ever pronounce it or spell it – for my graduation ceremony I wrote about a page of instructions and still got called “gewignard”. It’s definitely a blessing to have a name no-one else shares. Apart from when it comes to employer google search time.

George Filipović-Bullock, 20, Newcastle University


I added “Filipović” to my fathers surname “Bullock” about 4 years ago just before my maternal grandfather died, he had no sons and was always very sad about it. I wanted carry on his name. My name reminds me of him and his life, it also means that his name is not lost.

Aurora Wilson-Dyer-Gough, 22, Masterpiece Art Fair



Rhomey Aras-Payne, 20, Manchester


Yeah I like my name, it has its advantages and disadvantages people remember it but people also get confused trying to pronounce it.

I think it’s a blessing my initials are “RAP” which is pretty cool , but I’d definitely drop it if I got married triple barrelled is just a nightmare!

Carolina Lozano-Baldeón, 20, Exeter


When I was younger I used to think my name was too long and was a bother to write all the time. But now I absolutely love it, sets me apart a bit and I’ve been told by some friends that Baldeon sounds like a house from Game of Thrones. House of Baldeon, yeah I’m cool with that.

I think it’s true about being good looking and double barrelled names – must just be a coincidence haha. No theories to support it though.

Maya Louise-Franklin, 19, Sheffield

Many a joke has been made about if married to another person with a double barrelled name, would you give your kids 4 last names. The answer to that is no, no kid should go through that trauma.

Gabriella Delgado-Rhodes, 23, Law School

My name links me to my parents which is the main reason why I like it, although I could probably pick my favourite part of it – I won’t say which in case they see!

Archie Winnington-Ingram, 21, Glasgow

I don’t suppose I can say how my name makes me feel, having never known any different. Though, I know the way people to react to my name. Generally with shock. And I am sure that it should annoy me, but usually it secretly makes me quite proud.

Polly Clare-Hudson, 19, University of Leeds

My name has a complicated history, as “Clare” was my mum’s middle name, which she took as her last name after she divorced her first husband, and didn’t want to return to her stepfather’s surname.
I was born before my parents married, so I was the first “Clare-Hudson” in the world, which is awesome, and i love being unique.