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I Changed My Name

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    I recently decided to get a name change.

    I have always hated my name even from birth, and it has never fit my personality. It's too masculine and too direct and too commanding. I'm sweet, kind, bubbly, gentle, and optimistic. My new name will define me for who I am, and not represent me as somebody I am not. Plus, the...
    xJaydenPatrickx xJaydenPatrickx 18-21, M Jun 17

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    HOORAA!!!

    My name change was made legal on Aug. 26, 2009. It was the most exciting day for me in a LONG time. My mother was there to share it with me, and to morn the loss of her daughter. She has always accepted the change, but it hit her pretty hard when she heard the magistrate say it...
    ImminentDisaster ImminentDisaster 26-30, M 8 Responses Aug 31, 2009

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    Actually it was done

    for me when I was about 12. When I was 11 my father whom I was named after was coerced by CPS to voluntarily cede all claims to my younger sister and me. As soon as the documents were signed, my mother packed his bags! She was also damned if my sister and I retained any links to...
    Bashka91 Bashka91 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 2, 2014

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    Today I made a Statutory Declaration (in

    England) and officially changed from my male birth name to my new female name. It's very exciting - it feels like a major milestone in my transition.
    chantalmw chantalmw 26-30, F 6 Responses Apr 17, 2014

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    Well, my mom did anyways.

    She calls me Ruby now, and i love what it says about girls named Ruby in urbandictionary! :) So, whaddaya thiink? :D
    Berlitz9999 Berlitz9999 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2013

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    Your Name, Your Identity

    Well all my life I have wanted to change my name and I've never felt comfortable with it. It's not that it's not pretty or that I'm not grateful for my mom having me. I just wanted to feel good about it and after all this time I have finally found a name that feels right. I am in...
    Owleeeeease7 Owleeeeease7 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 13, 2012

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    To Something That Fits Me Better

    My mother gave me an extremely feminine name. I have hated it all of my life. My middle name was no different. I have thought about changing it since I was a teenager. I used to make every one call me Joe.The name that I chose wasn't very masculine, but at least it's not a...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40, T Nov 25, 2012

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    I came across my other (original) name today

    and it was strange to enunciate the letters that formed it together. I repeat it slowly in my mind and it is as if I am trying to recollect the face of some distant acquaintance. The name sounds familiar, but whose is it? Its been over 4 years since I made the long awaited...
    IHateMirrors IHateMirrors 26-30, F Apr 7, 2014

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    Just recently changed

    both my first and middle name. My old name is Gemma Louise.Currently I'm Alice Gemma.Wanted to keep my old first name just to keep my Mum happy.
    Gemz2411 Gemz2411 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    I've changed my name many times; each time I

    take a different step into my future. I change my name whenever I make too many mistakes or have too many bad experiences... It means it is time for change.... forgetting the past is all I can do to save my future. Each name, a new chapter in my life. Eventually I will find the...
    Destinyyy Destinyyy 18-21, F Jul 24

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    Dana

    Recently I sent a request to justice, with a lawyer to change my first name legally, there are great chances for it works. I've called by that name for the last 15 years or so, totally for the last 11 years. I have already several attestations from firends, saying they've been...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 19, 2011

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    i wanted to not be a women

    after my past so stopped wearing trousers after what myvstep dad done at 30 yrs old i legally changed my name to forget who i was
    Jbj1 Jbj1 31-35, F Aug 6

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    Berlitz9999 Berlitz9999 22-25, F Dec 12, 2013

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    Kinda Required

    Some clinics actually do require transsexuals to change thier name, even if they have a unisex name. Like it proves you mean it. BS. I changed my name because my new name suited me more and I needed to start over in a way. Also I wanted to distance myself from my family and be...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 6, 2009

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    Changed My Username Slightly...

    For my friends circle, used to be "anardun" now I'm "anadude" on EP. I hope that doesn't confuse anybody. It's close enough to the old username that it shouldn't be too big of a problem. I just needed it to be slightly different.
    anadude anadude 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 19, 2010

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    My Name

    When I was growing up, I hated my last name. Kids made fun of me and I couldn't wait to get married someday and change it. I grew up and married a very abusive man and when I divorced him ten years later I decided to legally change my last name. It was very exciting, ...
    Celestiallds Celestiallds 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 19, 2009

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    I Changed My Name Too

    After over 23 yrs of marriage I recieved my Divorce as of Dec 28th. My Name is now "Priestess Theresa Marsel Long. I doped my married name a added Priestess because of the work spirtual work I've done as a Pagan.
    PriestessTheresa PriestessTheresa 41-45, F Jan 4, 2010

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    My Middle Name

    I changed my middle name - paid for it & everything.  Why?  Well I always hated my FIRST neame - probably mostly because it was repeated over & over with such a mean, disgusted tone, by my father & step mom.  I came to associate my...
    kylae77 kylae77 31-35, F 5 Responses May 3, 2009

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    I Changed My First Name When I Was Young

    I was only 20. I grew up with the name Julian. This is a rather effeminate name, which makes for a bad time when you grow up in a working-class, rednecky area. I was bullied and abused because of it (besides other things). I hated the name, so I legally changed it to Andrew. I...
    speedoflight speedoflight 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 7, 2013

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    Got most of the names picked out if I ever have kids. Girl names: Lucretia (if I don't decide to change my name to it when I turn 18), Sandra, November, AngelĂ­ne, Lynette Boy...
    lucretiainthenight lucretiainthenight 16-17, F 6 hrs ago

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    My Mother had to spell my name different and it drives me insane when someone who knows me well, spells it wrong .
    Limytheboo Limytheboo 46-50, F 7 hrs ago

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    It was part of growing up in picturing my wedding with my own prince charming, then reality takes over the fairytale eventually. But as for children, nothing silly where girls...
    Gavriella Gavriella 26-30, F 3 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    Girls: Ruby, Faith, Alexia, Charlotte Boys: Ethan, Logan, Tai, Lister Last two for each are my parent's names
    nighthawk56 nighthawk56 18-21, M 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    If you talk to me I'm still Zane I just changed my username
    Gayforlifefag Gayforlifefag 13-15, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    If I ever have a baby girl, I'm going to name her Zelda. Although I am a huge fan of The Legend of Zelda, and it is from this series that I first discovered this name, by naming my...
    DrowningInRed DrowningInRed 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    James for a male, Dorothy or Margalo for a female. They are family names that I'd like to carry onto the next generation. I am flexible about this though. I would accept these as...
    PinkGLOBE PinkGLOBE 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    But I'm not surprised after I have told them what it is. My grandmother's name was Deborah Francis and I was named after her being Francis Karen. However I know it's an odd...
    Gavriella Gavriella 26-30, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    "A Child Called It", "The Lost Boy" and "A Man Named Dave", by Dave Pelzer. I read these when I was in high school and I've never forgotten them. Before I read those books, I...
    iSpyce iSpyce 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Because he died over the weekend I would put Oliver Sack's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and A Leg to Stand On here because he changed forever how to perceive one's world...
    ksbobmst ksbobmst 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    Funnily enough The South beach diet book changed the way I looked at food forever. Weird but it did.
    Issima Issima 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    The book that changed my life is The Bible
    theguywiththeredhair theguywiththeredhair 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Books are so very important, and have always been a love of mine since early childhood. All-time favorites of mine that changed my life are: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective...
    NeverDespair NeverDespair 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Here is the explanation: weird - I am weird charlie - I wish I was named Charlie. It is a beautiful unisex name and I feel like it would suit me better because I don't feel...
    weirdcharlie weirdcharlie 16-17, T 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Don't know about "Changed my life". But there are one or two that widened my perspective on life. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee seems to recur often. The world on all it's...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    My ancestors that came to USA from Prussia were the Furhmeisters. I'm glad they changed it to Foremaster. My son who hates his dad wanted to change his last name so it wasn't the...
    Tototwo Tototwo 56-60, F 3 days ago

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    Been giving serious thought to changing my name since I know I was named from my Dads friend in high school and I carry his last name. :-( But at the same time I would feel bad.
    malifest2000 malifest2000 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    The book that changed my life would probably be The Portrait of Dorian Gray. This book was beautifully written and was filled to the brim of new ways of looking at the world and...
    messedupmindandsoul messedupmindandsoul 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    oh yeah! Sometimes circumstances just call for it. I've changed clothes while behind the wheel. Changed clothes while somebody else was driving.
    volvoman60 volvoman60 56-60, M 3 days ago

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    I would give them all unisex names actually. Here are thy names. :/ Akira, it means bright and intelligent. Honestly, I see this as a name for a girl. Moving on! Skyler, it...
    Reivven Reivven 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Golda named after Golda Meir, 1st woman prime minister of Israel. My parents got to shake hands with her. NOTE that it's an extremely jewish name and I'm black origin makes it...
    HedoZen HedoZen 41-45, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    My mother named me Kibili. It's African. I like having a different name. Nobody gets it right until I say it a few times.
    kibilichantelle kibilichantelle 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I can be changed by what happens to me . But I refuse to be reduced by it .
    Spiritual40 Spiritual40 36-40, F 5 days ago

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    my name is Kaylynn Baldowsky, and everyone thinks its Katelyn or Kaylyn or Katlyn or Katlynn and Baldowski or Badowski and crap. and a lot of people mispronounce my name too much
    BillyBillion BillyBillion 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago