If I Can Only Choose My Given Name

@SIMPLYD (80319)
Philippines
April 24, 2018 5:17am CST
In my baptismal certificate, I am Fe Diña. I grew up just writing Diña as my given name. I dropped the Fe, because I don’t like it. But I can’t drop Diña anymore lest I don’t have a name. When I was to be married, my father being a lawyer, made an affidavit that Fe Diña and Diña is one and the same person. That is because in my baptismal certificate I am Fe Diña while on my birth certificate it is just Diña. I don’t like the sound of my name Diña either. But if I could, I will change it to what I like, Carla Mae or Angeline Joy. I love these names. What about you? Do you like the name given to you by your parents?
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@kavinitu (5029)
• India
24 Apr
Yes, My parents kept my name and I like this name. Kavita means Poetry or Poem
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
24 Apr
That's nice to know that you like the name given to you by your parents. Wow, so Kavita mean poetry or poem.
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@Icydoll (22296)
• India
24 Apr
I like your name too Kavi
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@kavinitu (5029)
• India
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD Yes dear my name means Poem and in short people call me Kavi that means Poet
@JudyEv (125938)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Apr
I'm used to my name now and pretty happy with it really. Besides, if I got a new name I may not be able to remember it!!
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@silvermist (20080)
• India
24 Apr
@JudyEv I can picture you trying to remember your new name.
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@JudyEv (125938)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Apr
@silvermist And Vince certainly wouldn't be able to!
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Judy is a pretty name. I like it. It suits your beautiful and happy face. Well, if change our names now that we are aged, we surely will not remember it always.
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@louievill (18914)
• Philippines
24 Apr
I have no choice, my grandfather is Sr., my father is Jr., I am III, my eldest son is IV. We are all eldest sons in the family generation, we all have the same name that is more than a hundred years generational tradition. My eldest son would probably name his future eldest son the V or the fifth after his name. Honestly I love our name
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Wow, that's a long generation of your name! I like your name too. Well, Diña is unique, so that's why I came to like it already. But not the Fe before it.
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@louievill (18914)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD well " ñ " is a unique Spanish letter not found in the English alphabet
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@louievill Thjat is true. That is why my name in SSS is Dina. But in Pag-ibig, they already changed the n to ñ. But in SSS it doesn't matter they said.
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@MALUSE (41188)
• Germany
24 Apr
I've got used to it over the years!
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
24 Apr
So, you also don't like your name that much? I also got used to my name Diña. Although, when friends call me that, not my nickname, I feel as if they are angry at me.
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@LadyDuck (163204)
• Switzerland
24 Apr
Yes, I like my name, my full name is Anna Maria, but I always only use Anna, is shorter and easier.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Anna Maria is beautiful. It reminds me of those beautiful characters in novels. Here too, most of my officemates have Mary before their names. Like Mary May.
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@LadyDuck (163204)
• Switzerland
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD My niece name is Cecilia Maria, it seems a tradition in my family to have Maria as a second name.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@LadyDuck That's similar here. Always with Maria or Mary.
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@mlgen1037 (29643)
• Manila, Philippines
24 Apr
Yes very much because my parents thoughfully created my names. Hihi
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
24 Apr
Good for you that you like the name that your parents gave you. I am happy for you. Though, I got used to my given name.
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@mlgen1037 (29643)
• Manila, Philippines
24 Apr
@SIMPLYD Thank you, my friend. hehehe Your name is unique. I do not know anyone who has the same name as you. May I ask the history behind your name?
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@mlgen1037 I didn't ask my mother what's behind naming me that name. Yes, it';s unique, since the usual one is Dina while this one is with ñ instead of n. Maybe I should ask my mother that, but she's still not speaking because of her stroke. She's still on the process of recovery.
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@Jessabuma (33031)
• Baguio, Philippines
24 Apr
Yes I like my name... It's a name of one of my favorites singer..
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@Jessabuma (33031)
• Baguio, Philippines
24 Apr
@thesupersingh hehehe!!!! Jessa Zaragoza
@Jessabuma (33031)
• Baguio, Philippines
24 Apr
@thesupersingh hehehe!!! She is Filipina
@Jessabuma (33031)
• Baguio, Philippines
24 Apr
@thesupersingh hehehe!!!
@silvermist (20080)
• India
24 Apr
Not really.But I have never thought of changing it .
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Well, I don't like my name but I have never thought of changing it too. Though, I have those nice names in my mind if ever it would be so easy to change names.
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@silvermist (20080)
• India
26 Apr
@SIMPLYD If you write novels,you can use one of those names as your pen name.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
27 Apr
@silvermist Yes, that is true. That is why Angeline Joy is what my fb name is. And I am in a private setting.
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@ridingbet (55663)
• Philippines
24 Apr
i think my name suits me and my personality.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Good for you that you like it. Is that your only name? Not two names as mine?
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@ridingbet (55663)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD i have another name, my second actually. it is the nickname that my father called me. MARINETTE. funny, i did not know it was a premonition about his demise when he called me INGRID on the night i was about to go on night duty. ingrid means daughter, as i am to my father and mother.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
26 Apr
@ridingbet Marinette is your second name, so it's Ingrid Marinette? A long name.
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@lovebuglena (6516)
• Staten Island, New York
24 Apr
I think Fe Diña has a nice ring to it. But I like your other options too. I was born in Belarus. My official name on my birth certificate is Elena. My official English translation is Yelena. People that know me (at least Russian speakers) call me Lena. I love Lena the best. Wish I could change it officially but don't want to go through all the hassle. So, as a writer/author I use Lena Kovadlo, Kovadlo being my maiden name. But officially I am Yelena Udler, now that I am married. I actually prefer my maiden last name and I wanted to keep it when I got married. But my husband wouldn't allow that. He said I could either take his last name or hyphenate mine. I didn't want to do Kovadlo-Udler so took his.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Thank you for saying that. I only use Diña ever since. It is what is on my birth certificate. I dropped Fe since it's just on the baptismal certificate. Yes, Lena is nicer indeed. It's a beautiful name. I think it would be nice if you put your maiden name like what your husband suggested. Lena Kovadio-Udler - so nice to the ears!
• Staten Island, New York
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD I felt like Kovadlo-Udler was too long. Also, felt like maybe not having my maiden name attached to me would be a clean start... that things will get better. I don't know now why I thought getting rid of my maiden last name would change anything.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
26 Apr
@lovebuglena Good luck then on that.
@Corbin5 (109440)
• United States
24 Apr
No, I do not like my given name. Too long and people spell it incorrectly.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
So you don't like it because of that. Really some people misspell it. I always see your name spelled like that on novels.
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@Corbin5 (109440)
• United States
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD Well, many spell it a Debora or Debra, which is not correct. And Debbie is sometimes spelled Debby.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
26 Apr
@Corbin5 I haven't heard of anyone named Debra. Me, I know that Debbie is spelled like this.
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• Calgary, Alberta
24 Apr
Just look at the bright side, Americans loves Hispanic names. You don't need to change your name, just use a different pronunciation. Fe is pronounced as Faye in the Us.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Really ! Yes, you are right there. It becomes beautiful when pronounced like that. I like it as Faye Dina not as Faye Diña though.
• Calgary, Alberta
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD Diña is pronunced as Dy Nee Yah in the US. It rhymes with Shaniah and Mariah.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@CaptAlbertWhisker oh really! So slang yet cute!
@Sreekala (23350)
• India
24 Apr
Yes, I love my name. If you don't like then you can change it.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
24 Apr
Good for you. Well, I got used to it over the years. In some government agency they don't know how to type ñ , so they put Dina only no hyphen above the name. I like it that way - Dina. I don't like to change it anymore and go through the long process of changing it. Anyway, most of my friends call me by my nickname and I like it that way.
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@Sreekala (23350)
• India
24 Apr
@SIMPLYD Moreover, you used to famous with this name among your friends. Then the process is also long.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@Sreekala True.
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@Icydoll (22296)
• India
24 Apr
I love my name..I don't want to change it..it's kept by my parents..
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
That's good to know that you like it. Well indeed if we think of the sentimental value of our names they are beautiful.
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@Icydoll (22296)
• India
25 Apr
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@Kandae11 (38557)
24 Apr
I have three given names - and I like all three.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Wow, 3 names! And you like them all. Do you always write the 3 in your test papers as a child. It is long to write especially that you have to put your family name too.
@josie_ (7412)
• Philippines
24 Apr
I'm reminded of the quote from Romeo & Juliet "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." So it's up to us what our name will represent to others through our deeds or misdeeds.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
That is true. I dropped the Fe before my name and I am using the last one Diña. I somehow, like it because it is unique. The ñ made it unique from the usual Dina name others have.
• China
24 Apr
I am an atheist and have no baptismal certificate.Here parents usually have to settle on a name for the bady according to family tree.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Really you have no baptismal certificate. But certainly, you have a birth certificate. So, your family gives name according to the family tree. That's interesting.
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@sunrisefan (18524)
• Philippines
25 Apr
I think Lorna will be fit for you
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
I know where that name came from. I don't like Lorna either. It's common.
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@sunrisefan (18524)
• Philippines
25 Apr
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@sunrisefan How's your vacation there in New zealand. I envy you for having the chance to have a vacation abroad. I hope someday, our daughter can sponsor us a trip abroad too.
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@toniganzon (51632)
• Philippines
25 Apr
When I was young I hated it a lot. Only because when my parents were mad at me they would call my by my full name. So it had that negative emotion on me. Until now it has that negative emotion on me so I don't like people calling me by my full name especially my friends and family. If I were given a choice to change my name, I would change it to Alexis. But I won't because it was my father who named me and he named me oh so lovingly after a Queen and after my grandfather.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Just like you, I hate hearing someone calling me my name Diña. It seems they are mad at me when they do that . I prefer to be called by my nickname. Alexis is a very nice sounding name. My nephew's name is Alexis. So it can be either a boy or a girl's name. But I like your nickname Toni. So modern. Indeed, when we are named after someone, our name becomes especial that we somehow will like it.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@toniganzon And you are honored to have your name similar to him.
@toniganzon (51632)
• Philippines
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD All the Ganzon's from the same lineage as ours always have this name, whether be it a girl or a boy. My grandfather has cousins same name as his. I have cousins, nephews and nieces that bore the same name too.
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@dsrl_6 (101)
• Quezon, Philippines
25 Apr
Almost the same situation as mine. I was named Desiree and used that until I was in 6th grade. But when I was in secondary, I discovered that one of the letters of my name was altered making it difficult to pronounce. I am using my name which was written on my birth certificate, though.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
25 Apr
Then, the name on your birth certificate should be what you should use, lest you will have problems in legal documents such as applying for passports , marriage contracts and the like. So is it Desiree in your BC? It's a beaut6iful name.
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@dsrl_6 (101)
• Quezon, Philippines
25 Apr
@SIMPLYD Nope. That was the name given to me but it turnes out that I am Desirel in my BC.
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@SIMPLYD (80319)
• Philippines
26 Apr
@dsrl_6 Complicated.
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