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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012

    Picking a New Name for Myself? Thoughts?

    What are your thoughts on someone being named one name, but going by a completely different one? I don't like my name and I never have. I cannot go by my middle name because it is my aunt's. I wouldn't legally change my name for the sake of my parents. But I just feel like my name doesn't fit me, and every time someone asks for my name I feel like I should say something else. What are your thoughts? I really want to but I'm afraid my parents will become disappointed since they picked out my name.

  2. #3
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    Oct 2014
    Have you thought about going by a version of your name?
    For example, if you're Katherine, you could be Kat, Kate, Kathy, Katy, Katie, Kitty, Rina, Katya, Kit, Kath, Trina, Katri, Kay.

    I think, unless you're going through a major life change like a big move where you're meeting new people and introducing yourself for the first time, it will be very difficult to transition to a totally new name and you'll find lots of people wont bother making the change despite your protestations.

    I'll tell you from experience:
    My daughter is 4 and headstrong, and she decided that she wanted to go by another name. I told her as long as it was some form of the name I gave her, it's fine by me. Her full name is Brianna Katy-Rose. She previously went by Bree. She kicked Rosie around for a bit, and she was Kate for a week, before she settled on Anna, and she's been Anna for nearly a year now. My mother, sister and grandmother have utterly refused to stop calling her Bree. I no longer call her Bree, she's Anna at home, Anna at school, all her friends, my brother/her uncle, my friends all know her as Anna. My family wont call her Anna simply because it's set for them, and they aren't keen on the name.
    The point I'm trying to make, is that it was a difficult switch, and she's much younger than you and still going by a form of her given name. Some people will just refuse to co-operate, and some might be openly hurt for one reason or another. Despite the fact it's your name, your family may well feel they have a claim on it. That being said, I think your parents DO, since they gave it to you and they've identified you by that name for longest. Something totally different might be next to impossible at this point, but I'm sure you could get away with a variation of your first name, middle name or even your surname.

    What is your name? And what don't you like about it?
    Maybe we could suggest alternative linked nicknames?
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    | Cosima Violet Roux "Kitt" | Marcèlla Jayne Wildrose

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    Sebastian Beauregard "Seb"| Jasper Olivier "Jax/Jem"| Tristan Romulus |
    | Theodore Apollo "Theo" | Hugo Alexander Tiernan

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  3. #5
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    Mar 2015
    I actually went through the process of legally changing my name for some very personal reasons including the fact that I cringed (and still cringe) every time somebody called me by my birth name. A close friend of mine also went through the process for her own personal reasons, and we helped each other through it. Doing this will always be difficult on your parents, in my experience, but it is doable, if you're committed. Here's some advice, from my experience.

    Commit to a name before you announce it. Start using it mentally first. Imagine how it would feel to answer to. Try it out for a bit when giving your name for a coffee order or online. Wait a few months. If it still feels like it should be your name, then think about announcing it, first to close friends, then to family you might think would be more accepting.

    If you're not legally changing your name, try to pick something that isn't far off your birth name. Your legal name is still the first name people will see and the first name people will associate with you. It will be on all of your official documents, and to the world it will still be your name, so if you want people to call you something else, it has to stem logically from the name people will see, and you have to be prepared for people to call you by your legal name anyway.

    Your parents and family will probably eventually accept it, give them time to come to terms with it on their own, but they may never use the name you pick out. My mother eventually accepted that I was changing my name, but she and my brother (who has special needs and I would not ask to remember a new name) still use my birth name, which bothered me at first but eventually I grew to accept. Remember, they've known you by this name your whole life. Even if they do accept it immediately, change is really hard. (My friend's mother also still uses her birth name, but in public tries to use her chosen name, though she often forgets due to habit)

    This doesn't apply to everyone, but I found it easiest to change my name when I started college and was introducing myself to a lot of new people. They didn't have any memory of my birth name and therefore easily took to my chosen name. If you have the chance to time it like this, during a big change, it will definitely help you! It may honestly have been the only reason I was able to make the name stick so well, since all my family still uses my birth name.

    Whatever you do, good luck!
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  4. #7
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    Apr 2013
    If you can't go by a diminutive or version of your name, or something like initials, or your middle (I don't think its a huge deal to go by the same name as your Aunt, unless she lives with you or something), maybe try to go by a variation of your middle.

    You could also pick a new name and legally chance your middle or add it in, so as not to offend your parents but still have it make sense. And I don't think its a huge deal to go by one name with family and one elsewhere. I do have a few friends that go by one name around family and another professionally, whether it's the middle or a foreign version or a totally unrelated nickname.

    That said, if it's a matter of respect to your identity as far as something like gender or facing trauma associated with your name, your family absolutely needs to respect that. But if it's just a matter of preference, it's a bit harder to ask them to change.
    Lillian Elizabeth 6.16.13

  5. #9
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    May 2015
    Quote Originally Posted by nj713 View Post
    Have you thought about going by a version of your name?
    For example, if you're Katherine, you could be Kat, Kate, Kathy, Katy, Katie, Kitty, Rina, Katya, Kit, Kath, Trina, Katri, Kay.
    I agree with this suggestion. It will be easier to transition to/ for other people to adapt to, and will be less hurtful to your parents as well. I'd at lest do some brainstorming (you can get pretty creative with it) see if you can get anything to fit and then try it out.

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