Why Do You Think People Should Change Their Name?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
• Staten Island, New York
But when we marry the name changes usually... I wish I had kept my maiden name when I got married but my hubby told me I can either take his last name or hyphenate it. I didn't want to hyphenate it so took his name.
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
When I think of 'naming things,' I think of 'when God brought the animals to Adam. and Adam named them whatever he felt like calling them.' That makes me think the reason for changing the name ... I think of Rachel Green in F*R*I*E*N*D*S, when she said something like 'You spend all your life with everybody telling you "You're a shoe! You're a shoe!" And I decided I don't want to be a shoe anymore!' (But she didn't change her name ... hmmm) But maybe in real life--if you don't want to 'be a shoe' anymore--you have people start calling you 'whatever it is you want to be' and that motivates you to change
• United States
I write under a pen name which also happens to be my real initials and maiden name. I do intend to go back to my maiden name soon. I kept my married name after my divorce so it would be the same as my children. Now they are adults so I'm changing it. I happen to like my given name so I'll be keeping that.
Stage name is mostly something easy to remember and attention-grabbing. Pen name is to hide your identity. Your given name is the prayer your parent gave you, their very first gift to their beloved offsprings.
@mythociate Everyone have their reasons, be it for good or for bad. For me, I create a pen name for my persona to differentiate myself (the one breathing IRL) with my persona (the one musing around the net). I know of a family member who added his favorite football team name on his facebook username to emphasize his interest. I am sure you also have a reason for using a pen name yourself.