Name change

United States
March 27, 2008 10:07pm CST
I have a question for you... A baby is born and is given the first name Janet, which is her mothers fist name, and the middle name Nicole. From the moment she is named, she is called Nicole...never is she ever called Janet. It was never the intent to call her anything but Nicole. Her parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, etc all know her as Nicole Smith. When she turns 16, her drivers license has her full name on it, as does her professional license when she graduates college. Other than that, she is known as Nicole. She often uses J. Nicole Smith as her name and she is irritated to no end when the occasional paperwork comes through that has her full name on it. She has even come to hate the name Janet. She wants to get her name legally changed and has considered doing it for most of her adult life. Here is the question. How should she change her name? Simply remove the Janet altogether and have no middle name? Keep the J. as her "first name" as she has become accustomed to using that more than anything? and identifies herself as being J. Nicole Smith? Make her fist name J Nicole with no middle name? Or, does she get creative and make her first name Jaye...? What do you think?
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@karma118 (294)
• United States
28 Mar 08
I think she should change her name to nicole janet smith if she's going to change her name at all. I do believe though that you are given the name your born with for a reason. My brothers name is Thomas David. Never in his life has he gone by Thomas. Always it's been David. He never had to legally change his name. He just now knows that if anyone calls him Thomas, they don't really know him. WHen they call and ask for Thomas, he hangs up immediatley because he knows they are telemarketers!! HAHA
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• United States
28 Mar 08
That wasn't an option thought of, but it IS an obvious choice- thanks!
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@karma118 (294)
• United States
28 Mar 08
What you had mentioned though was to be creative and change her first initial... If I were to do that I would name myself Jayden Nicole Smith... just trying to be creative! :0 !! HAHA
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@Courtom (288)
• Canada
29 Mar 08
I would certainly switch spots... Nicole Janet Smith... or Nicole Jaye smith, Nicole j smith... etc
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@Courtom (288)
• Canada
29 Mar 08
If Janet represents the mothers name, why not carry it with you?
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• India
29 Mar 08
the last one sounds cool to me ;)]
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@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
29 Mar 08
I think she should change it to whatever name she wants to have. It might hurt the feelings of those who named her, but she is the one who has to live with the name, so I suppose it should really be her own choice. If she is that irritated by the name Janet, then she should change it to whatever she wants, probably just by dropping the Janet altogether.
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@aretha (2539)
• United States
28 Mar 08
what if she just switches them around and has nicole janet smith. that way she would still have the name her mother gave her just in a different order.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
15 Jul 10
If it was me I'd simply switch the two names making Nicole the first name and Janet the middle name. Since most ppl don't use their middle name it wouldn't matter and she'd have Nicole as her first name which is what she's used to. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
2 Apr 10
If it was me, I'd switch the Janet and Nicole. I'd use Nicole as the first name and Janet as the middle. I wonder why parents would give their child a name they never intended to use though. If nothing else I'd go with the J. Nicole since she's used to that. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]