An Oregon appeals court was asked to pick a last name for Christy M. Wizner and Chad M. Doherty's two-year-old daughter.
Wizner, now 30, decided her daughter should have the same last name as her three other children. Doherty, now 31, wanted the girl to have his surname, arguing that "Wizner" is not ancestral but rather the name of the mother's former spouse. [Link]Judge Pro Tempore Daniel L. Harris wisely ruled that "development of a bond between father and daughter will depend on the love and devotion that father exhibits toward his daughter, not on whether the child bears his name." He then declared that the child's surname will be "Dowiznerty."