Lists: Names of spouse, minor

August 4, 2005: Issue 99

When a husband and wife share a last name, don’t repeat the last name for the second person you mention.

incorrect: “It was perfect,” homeowner Janet Burns says. She and her husband, Perry Burns, fell head over heels for the bungalow.
correct: “It was perfect,” homeowner Janet Burns says. She and her husband, Perry, fell head over heels for the bungalow.
correct: “It was perfect,” homeowner Janet Burns says. She and her husband, Perry Keller, fell head over heels for the bungalow.

Don’t use last names at all for children.

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