Anyone change their first name?
Not quite the same, but used my middle name since I changed schools at around 7 years old. 1st name Nicky and it drew a bit of micky taking being a bit girly. So started using David. Slightly regret it now, but family still fall me Nick. Wife, daughter and friends call me DavePosted 5 years agoalfabusSubscriber
A girl at work changed her first name when she got married (as well as changing her surname). She says she just never liked her original name – new name is a complete fiction, not related to middle names or anything.
She got a fair amount of stick from people who couldn’t understand it, and loads of intrusive questioning about what her parents would think; not from me, I hasten to add – she can be called whatever she likes in my opinion.
It took about 2 months for people to get used to the idea and stop commenting on it. One guy here (her boss) actually admitted last week that he couldn’t remember her old name, despite working with her for a year prior to the name change!
DavePosted 5 years ago
The insulting to parents thing is a real consideration, but they are fully aware of what I think of their choice of names (first and middle are frankly ridiculous.) I think it would still be disappointing for them but probably not as bad as the 40 years that I’ve had to put up with the names they chose.
It’s funny how something that you have no say over is deemed so integral to your identity.
TBH, I’m actually not that bothered about the first name anymore but the middle name is god awful.
real_ben10, I know what you mean about it being too late to change it, wish I’d done it in my 20s.Posted 5 years agozilog6128Subscriber
My friend was called Richard but decided to change it to Sam one day in primary school.
One of the kids in my class at primary school tried to do this (which we went along with). But then the parents complained and the teachers made us call him by his given name. Sad to say we all caved. Can’t remember now what either name was though!Posted 5 years agohelsMember
I worked with a guy whose name on his birth certificate was Semiquaver. He went by “Semi” which is not an uncommon name for Samoans so never really raised any questions. How we laughed when we saw his payslip one time. His brother was Demiquaver. Musical family. True story !Posted 5 years agomessiahMember
I used to work with a guy I new as “Paddy”… his father was “Paddy”… his grandfather was “Paddy” etc… but none of them ever had Paddy or Patrick etc as a name. Great fun when your trying to find out what room he is in at a hotel/etc when you don’t actually know his proper first name.Posted 5 years ago
its the little things that mean my kids will have a good life, and mean that i’ll surely win father of the year
Having grown up with a ridiculous name, for the sake of the happiness of your child, I urge you to reconsider 🙂
When you changed to Phil did you just do the deedpoll thing? And why choose Phil?Posted 5 years ago
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