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What would you rename yourself, and why?

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We’ve asked this question before, but it’s a perennially fascinating one for name lovers: What new name would you give yourself, if you could start fresh with none of the attendant problems of name-changing?

What name do you think reflects the real you, given that you get to pick based on your actual fully-formed self, which is very different from naming a baby?

How does your name taste vary from that of your parents, and how do the changes in current styles and values influence your decision?  Do you want a name that’s more unusual or easier to understand, stronger or softer, cooler or more straightforward than the one you got when you were born?

And is the name you’d choose for yourself the name you like best, or do other factors play into your decision — and if so, what are they?

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Lying awake making name lists in the middle of the night.

Finding a name you love, only to have your neighbor use it for her dog.

Dealing with a partner who has no baby name ideas of his own, yet shoots down all of yours.

Writing one name on the birth certificate, only to change it a week later. And then change it back.

Have you been a victim of baby name craziness? Our message boards and comments are full of crazy, funny, and sometimes heart-breaking stories of baby name obsession, battles, indecision, procrastination, and yeah, sometimes all out insanity.

Has it happened to you? A little, a lot? Did you embrace the craziness or did it hit you unexpectedly, like a tsunami? Did you drive your partner — and maybe your family and friends — crazy about names, or were you the victim of others’ craziness?

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