Married name 'worse' for some women
When it comes to taking a married name, it really is for worse and not for better for some women, a new database has found.
Records show more than 50 women became Mary Christmas after their wedding with the first recorded example being Mary Cannon who married in Alton, Hampshire in 1837.
Other wives who married into unfortunate surnames included Holly Oakes, Eileen Dover and Hazel Nut, according to archives on family history website Findmypast.co.uk.
The website, which has launched the new marriage search system MarriageMatchTM, also found women who became Queenie King, Mona Lott and Jean Pool.
Joy Rider, Lily Pond, Anita Bath, Candy Barr and Kerry Oakey were others among the embarrassing names.
The website also found a real-life Romeo and Juliet, who married in Lambeth, London in 1971.
Celebrity unions found in the marriage index included actor Jude Law and Sadie Frost in 1997, and Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton in 1998.
Records revealed Lancashire was the top county to marry in, with 11.66 million records listed between 1837 and 2005 while Birmingham was the most popular marrying town or city.
Debra Chatfield, marketing manager at Findmypast.co.uk, said: "As the first company to publish birth, marriage and death records online, Findmypast.co.uk has always been committed to making family history research more accessible.
"This brand new way of searching the marriage records is a major breakthrough in family history enabling people to find their ancestors' marriages more quickly and easily than ever before by using our revolutionary new tool MarriageMatchTM."