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  • Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Been thinking about it on and off for years. Just wondering what’s involved. Is it a major hassle? Also wondering how you went about picking a replacement? Also how did friends and family react to it?

    Thanks.

    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 Dave

    Premier Icon darrell
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    Really

    “Call me Dave”

    Roter Stern
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    Back in the day a friend of mine changed his name twice at the expense of the taxpayer (he was on the dole at the time). First to Moya then to Bela Lugosi. Always amused when his Giro arrived. Seemed to be fairly straightforward though.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    First to Moya then to Bela Lugosi

    Blimey, think I’d change it to the most boring and inconspicuous name I can think of. Or I may just ask for suggestions from friends and pick one out of a hat 🙂

    xcgb
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    Wife, daughter and friends call me Dave

    You are IDave and I claim my £5!

    brakes
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    what is your current first name?

    i changed my first name a few years back, wont say what it used to be but i’m now ‘Phil’, which if you trust those little ‘what your name means’ things they used to sell in clinton cards, means ‘lover of horses’

    i don’t love horses.

    grum
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    i changed my first name a few years back, wont say what it used to be but i’m now ‘Phil’

    I don’t know why you changed it, it’s not like being called ‘Cockchops’ is that embarrassing really.

    Premier Icon ir_bandito
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    I’ve toyed with the idea of changing my middle name as I hate it, but I’d view as insulting my parents and bless ’em, they have enough to deal with 🙂

    i dont have a middle name, but if i did i’d change it to cockchops

    ska-49
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    My friend was called Richard but decided to change it to Sam one day in primary school. Now every one calls him Sam and even his work refers to him as Sam on the web. It’s not legal though.

    real_ben10
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    I’m also known by my middle name, always have been due to a quirky family thing. I would prefer to go by my first name but at 33 it’s probably too late to change now.

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    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!

    Dave

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Iv’e considered it recently.
    Decided I’ll just kick the shit out of Rick Gervais instead

    apparently MrBlobby’s first name is Barry. Barry Blobby.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    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.

    Premier Icon ir_bandito
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21229475

    Its not “Number 14 Bus Shelter” is it?

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Someone called their kid “Semicolon”?! 😯

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    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!

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Semicolon

    his sister’s called ‘Fullcolon’ and just sounds like she needs a poo all the time…

    retro83
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    mrblobby – Member

    Someone called their kid “Semicolon”?!

    That’s a half-arsed effort.

    thomthumb
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    Girl i knew woke up after a heavy session. At some point during the immense hangover went online and checked her emails

    Thank you for using deedpoll online service

    She had no memory of changing her name to Clarity. 😆

    hels
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    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 !

    messiah
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    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.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Ah, the dark side of casual racism.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Thank you for using deedpoll online service

    Blimey, didn’t realise you can do it all online. There’s even an express one hour service!

    M1llh0use
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    lol @ cockchops!!!

    actually…

    Andy Cockchops M1llh0use. it’s got a certain ring to it!!

    if ever i have a kid it’s first name is going to be one of the following:

    Captain
    General
    King/Queen
    Doctor
    Misses/Mistah
    Oi

    no middle name, just one of the above and my surname.

    Rorschach
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    This lot managed it.
    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d6t6jOte-w[/video]

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Philconsequences, hoping for some nominative determinism? I may not ask you for suggestions when picking a new name 🙂

    nope, no nomination determinators here. just want to ensure they always get a table or good seat if they have to ring up and book something.

    its the little things that mean my kids will have a good life, and mean that i’ll surely win father of the year

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    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?

    PeterPoddy
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    Cockchopsconsequence.

    Now that’s a proper forum name.

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Abel Smith did it easily enough.

    TAFAKSTR
    You are Rodney Trotter and I claim my £5

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Hmm according to the citizens advice website you can change your name by just making a public announcement. I wonder if a post on STW is sufficient?

    PeterPoddy
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    Can you change someone else’s name by making an announcement though?

    That would be more fun I think

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    I’d be changing my surname away from ‘blobby’ tbh.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    I’d be changing my surname away from ‘blobby’ tbh.

    That may not be my real name. Though if it was it wouldn’t be much worse.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    I suppose your initials aren’t M and R either?

    ~Tsk, people on here using fake names 🙄

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Might not be. Though I did have a friend who’s initials were D and R and he became a doctor.

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