A close friend of mine is married to a countess with a very long fancy name.
My friend, despite being rather wealthy, has no title. And a short ugly last name that sounds like the French word for "fart".
He has a brother who has kids as well. His wife has 3 sisters, no brothers.
I asked my friend once whether he didn't ever consider taking his wife's name, given that this way his daughters would have a title and pass on a very cool grand old name.
My friend, who normally is a