Change your name

@dorannmwin (36608)
United States
February 9, 2011 2:29pm CST
When you were younger, or even now, have you ever wanted to change your name? For me, I always hated my name when I was a younger girl because of the fact that I have a very unique name. In fact, there was even a year of my life that I went by my middle name because it is a much more common name. So, did you ever want to change your name? What did you want to change your name to and why?
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@Hatley (152095)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 11
hi dorannmnwin I still dislike my name but compared to all the legal hassle of a name change on all legal documents, I have decided Patsie is not the worst name you could have. I wanted to change it to Patricia which is what it came from. to me Patsie sounds like the word patsy meaning someone who everyone uses for a fall guy.So it has a lousy connotation. but my husband had a cute nick name for me,he called me Pattytricia a lot and that made me laugh. He knew how I really disliked my name.here people tell me its a very pretty name but I just do not get it. lol.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Apr 11
Your given name also kind of sounds like a pet name that parents would use for their child when they are young and I can definitely see why you would have wanted to change it. I really like the nickname that your husband had for you though.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
9 Feb 11
the other name that my parents were thinking of amy instead of my name. i guess i would like something exotic but i know my daughter doesnt like her name either so its funny how most dont like it.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
24 Feb 11
I really think that most people go through at least a short period of their life that they aren't happy with the name that was given to them by their parents. However, I also think that a lot of people, like myself, grow to love the name that their parents gave them.
@violann (437)
• United States
24 Feb 11
I must be one of the rare few that have always liked my name. It wasn't that popular when I was growing up, but now it's heard just about everywhere or versions of it.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
24 Feb 11
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@raj7shot (843)
• India
9 Feb 11
Everyone will like to change their name mainly for fashion. Even i also do that my real name is paulraj but i like my friends to call me as raj only.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
24 Feb 11
I think that nicknames, or shortened versions of our given names are something that is very common for people to have. I never really had a shortened version of my name, but my daughter is Kat, which is short for Kathryn.
@raj7shot (843)
• India
22 Mar 11
hmm....
@sacmom (14338)
• United States
26 Apr 11
OMG, that is hilarious! Here you wanted to change your name because it was unique and here I wanted to change mine because it was so common! I think it was back in 6th or 7th grade that I wanted a different name. I wanted my name to be Roxanne. I don't know why I picked that name, other than I really liked how it sounded at the time! LOL To this day I think my name is rather plain. But I'm happy with it now and never plan on changing it. Happy mylotting!
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
27 Apr 11
Too grew into loving my name. In fact, I would have been very mad at myself if I had changed it when I was younger.
@tonyllenium (6267)
• Italy
27 Mar 11
no i never thought in reality to change my name properly so for the moment it is ok as so..you also consider that if you chnage your name you should also tell this fact to all you know it will result uncomfortable...eheh
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Apr 11
I think that if I would have actually changed my name it would have really hurt my parents so that is honestly the reason that I never actually did it.
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
26 Feb 11
I think everyone at one time or another has wanted to change their name to something more exotic. Something more common if they have an unusual name and something more uncommon if they have a regular name. I have wanted to change my name many times in life, but having worked for years in gentlemen's clubs I have been able to change my name every time I changed jobs if I wanted to. I won't bore you with the names, but I think everyone has wanted to change their name at one time or another.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Apr 11
I can only begin to think of some of the interesting names that you've used throughout your life. But, I also think that you are right that everyone has wanted to change their name in some way at some point during their lives.
• India
26 Feb 11
Well , what is your real name? My name is Bhubaneshwar, meaning 'lord of the universe'; my nick name is Bhuwan, i like both the names, don't like to change at all. Thanks for sharing Cheers. BE HAPPY ALWAYS. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. .
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Apr 11
My given first name is Dorann. It is a combination of the names Doris and Ann. I think that the main reason that I hated my name so much when I was younger was because I knew that it was derived from the name Doris and I absolutely hated that.
@KrauseHome (32345)
• United States
24 Feb 11
Back when I was growing up there were many times I hated the name Tina, and wanted to change it. I wanted to always change it to Melody and sometimes wished I could have. The main issue was having to use a last name, from when my Step Dad adopted me that bugged me worse, and when I could I did change it back to the name I was born with for sure, until I got married. Now I really like my name and so it never comes to mind to want to change it anymore as well.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Apr 11
My husband had a last name conumdrum as a teenager. He grew up the first sixteen years of his life with his father's last name. He only learned when he was sixteen years old that his dad was actually his step-father and had never adopted him. So, when he got his learner's permit, he also walked out with a different last name, being his mother's maiden name that appeared on his birth certificate.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
12 Feb 11
I actually did. I never liked my first name, so I've always gone with my middle name. And then when I got to high school, I came up with a unique spelling of my middle name, and I have used this name ever since. Although I did not make the change legally, I have used this name at everywhere I work. It is even useful in the current industry that I am in. I could sign off things, but legally I am not responsible for it.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Apr 11
I think that it is relatively common for people to go by their middle names. I know that there are several people that I grew up with that hated their first name and went by their middle name instead. Then there is my cousin's one year old son who has never been called by his first name. He was born and was already called by his middle name.
@katsmeow1213 (28715)
• United States
11 Feb 11
When I was a kid I disliked my name.. but as I grew up I got used to it. I'm happy with my name now.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Apr 11
I too can honestly say that I am happy with my name now but I wasn't when I was a child.
@offlimits (601)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
I don't like my name at all, but I guess I just forced myself to like it all these years because now that I think about it, it's not really that bad. I do lie about my name sometimes though, especially when I order something in, say for example, Starbucks. That's when my name is Bridgette. It's my favorite screen name. Haha. I like Georgina too. I'll name them for my future kids instead. :) Good day!
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
1 Apr 11
I've never been asked for my name at Starbucks, but I do think that I would use a fake name if they were to ask me for my name. The reason for that is that I'd be so despirately afraid that they would butcher my name and I wouldn't want to hear that at all.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
10 Feb 11
When i was younger, i often wished that i had a common name like so many other girls did. i didn't appreciate having a name that was a bit different. now it's the trend to have a name like no other. i do have more appreciation for my name now that i am older. Looking back, i'm glad i kept the name I was born with after all.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Looking back on things now, I'm glad that my original name at least sounds like a name. A lot of the names that are given to children today don't even really sound like names in my opinion.
@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
10 Feb 11
Hey there, My story is just the opposite of yours. When I was younger, I really hated my name coz it was very common. Very common really, I had a neighbor with the very same name, a teacher, 2 junior students with whom I was close with. But since high school I started to feel OK with it and now I'm really very OK with it coz I'm in a different place and as a foreigner, my name's really unique :)
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
My little brother was in that kind of a situation when we were growing up. He did have a name that was at that time and that is still constantly among the most popular names for boys. However, I never once heard him complain about his name because he was lucky enough to share it with our father.
@jhartana (1087)
• Australia
10 Feb 11
My current name was already more than good (and nice) enough. So I don't need to change my name and never will. I thanked my parents who have chose good name for me.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
That is really cool that you've thanked your parents for giving you a good name. I don't really think that there are a lot of people that have done that for their parents.
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
My mother told me the meaning of my name is "Smart friend" so I have never thought of changing my name since i like the meaning of it.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
I like the meaning of your name as well. Where my parents made up my name, it has a kind of jumbled meaning and that is one of the reasons that I am not extremely fond of my name.
• Bulgaria
10 Feb 11
Never in my life. I allways have been like my name.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Though you might me in the minority of being a person that has always liked your name. I really do think that it is neat that you've never had the desire to change your name.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
For me not to change it because I love to it my name it can make me nice and good person.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
That makes sense. Additionally, as we get older, our names really start to become a very important part of the people that we are.
@staria (2782)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
Yes! I would really like to, a have a quite unique name but it resembles a surname here in our country. So some are confused if it is my real name or my surname :) Haha! And also it sounds old!! :)
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
I think that if people did mistake my first name for a surname that I would want to change my name. However, when it comes to names that sound a little bit old, that wouldn't make me want to change my name because older sounding names tend to sound more classic in my opinion.
@dearlene (78)
• Indonesia
10 Feb 11
Yes, when I was a teenager I hate my name, It is bicause my name misspell. There is one Alphabet should write with "I" instead "Y" But as the time pass now I am greatful of my name, event there are some misspell I just enjoyed it. Anyhow I given by my parent.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
Only now am I coming to realize that there are a lot of people that have names that are misspelled at the time of a person's birth. My name is somewhat confusing and has always been that way to me because it is spelled differently on my birth certificate and on my social security card.
@zeciram (161)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
I feel for you. I also have a unique name and I always have to correct the way someone spells or says it. I had to have some documents corrected because of errors in the spelling of my name. Nevertheless, I love my name because it is a combination of my dad's and mom's names. What I did is that I named my daughter a much common name than mine. :-)
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
28 Mar 11
My daughter's name is too much more common than my own name. However, her name is actually a rather old-fashioned name. My daughter's name is Kathryn. However, the only time that she has ever complained about it is when she found out that my grandmother had wanted me to name her Holly because she was due to be born just a couple of days after Christmas.