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I Want to Change My Name

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    I Want To Be An Individual

    I've been thinking about changing my name on and off for as long as I can remember. Now I'm thinking seriously. I don't like my legal name, Alexandra; it's really not me. I've looked into shortenings and none fit. I couldn't be Alex (my preferred shortening) at school because I...
    Caladhiel Caladhiel 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 13, 2013

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    I don't know whether to change my name

    or not. My real name is Hannah, but it's so boring and common and reminds me of ten year old shy bookworm me. My "nickname " is Frankie, after Frank Iero, a massive role model for me. but I'm worried it sounds tacky and obsessive and not like me at all
    irononmylips irononmylips 16-17, F Apr 27

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    Its kind of a psychological need I think.

    ... Its just a need I have to feel like I can be my own person, I'm not named after my grandpa who everyone in my immediate family compares me to and I don't want to be associated with a family that didn't care about me when I was growing up... I feel like It's time to take my...
    iamFrightened iamFrightened 18-21, M May 21

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    I'm currently testing to get into a new school.

    . But I know that when I get there the same thing with my gender and name are gonna happen. If I don't tell the teachers right away before they mention my old name, everyone will know. I don't want them to figure it out if I can help it. //Also really annoyed my mom thinks...
    DementedKarkat DementedKarkat 13-15, T Apr 27

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    Why did your parents name you what they did?

    Or why did you name your kids what you did?
    StupidSaltman StupidSaltman 16-17, F Jun 2

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    If you could have any name,

    what would you want?
    asherjoh asherjoh 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 27, 2014

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    I wish I could just run away from everything

    and start over.I wish people weren't so unreliable when I try so hard to please them. But I shouldn't want a 'thank you' when I hold the door open for people because no one asked me to hold the ******* door open.
    MinaFuentes MinaFuentes 18-21, F Jul 14

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    jessykjones09 jessykjones09 18-21, F a week ago

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    Alekzander that's what I want to change it to.

    Not Alexander, I want Alekzander
    Alexander149 Alexander149 16-17, M 2 Responses Apr 26

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    Most people have a reason

    for naming their children what they did. My parents named me Jessica because, and they have told me this, it was the only name they didn't both hate. I've always hated my name. Seems to white-blonde-cheerleader to me. Too... Girly. Any number of reasons; I just can't stand it...
    LittleWolf21 LittleWolf21 18-21, F 2 Responses May 21

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    I'm kinda starting to like what I could have

    been named Rose Alice It's really pretty
    CosplayPotato CosplayPotato 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    I'm a chick with a predominately male first

    name. Upon meeting people I have to repeat my name at least 3 or 4 times and spell the letters out because either douche doesn't believe it is my name or they try to substitute it with the female version. Bish stop playing. You heard what I said.
    bombchu bombchu 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2014

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    I'Ve Never Been "Cami Sweet Lori."

    My name is Camille Lorraine. My parents chose my first name because they wanted something that would have the nickname "Cami," and then ended up choosing this over the name Cameron. Ever since I can remember, I've preferred to be called by names other than Camille. I've always...
    stripessa stripessa 16-17 2 Responses Jan 25, 2013

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    Not Even My Own Name, Really

    It's not that I hate my parents or dislike my own name. I want to change my name because, well, it's not really mine. Before my I was even born, my parents had picked out Amanda for a first name and Katherine for a middle name. No one thought anything of it, and all the little...
    neuromuze neuromuze 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 10, 2008

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    So in a little under a month I will finally be

    18! Along with a slew of fun, new privileges, I will be legally able to change my name. My birth name is Joshua (I go by Josh), which is a good name but honestly just feels so dull and unlike me. I'd really like to turn over a new leaf now that I have a handle on my life (was...
    joshlikesblue joshlikesblue 18-21, M 2 Responses May 14

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    My Name Has No Meaning

    I've always felt like a name should have a story to it. A deep meaning. A connection. My name has none of these. It is common. In fact, it was the most popular girl name when I was born. All through school, I never had a single class where I was the only "Sarah". My last name is...
    Chuffberry Chuffberry 18-21 2 Responses Sep 2, 2012

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    brandye brandye 22-25, F Dec 20, 2014

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    My birth name is Faith,

    but I go by Katherine because that is what I am going to change my name to eventually. I have never liked my name, for various reasons, so I have made the decision to get it changed. I introduce myself as Katherine, and that's what I prefer to be called :)
    DrKittyNinjaBunny DrKittyNinjaBunny 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 18, 2014

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    I know of five or six other girls in my school

    named Alexis, and there's likely more I don't know of. My name is boring. My nickname sounds like something you'd name a puppy. I wish I had a more unisex name. Technically, Alexis is also a male name in some places, but everyone calls me "Lexi" so what does it matter? I tried...
    Smolderous Smolderous 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    I Want A Name That Is Truly Mine

    Ever since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with changing my name. I used to hate my name, Danielle, and went through various names online as a younger teen. For the past few years, I've thought seriously about legally changing my name and have settled on one of my...
    surefinewhatever surefinewhatever 22-25 1 Response Apr 22, 2013

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    My real name is Anderson(hate

    that name)..... my best friend calls me Andy....so I want to change it to Andy now...because....well....why not? haha
    anderlr anderlr 13-15, M 2 Responses Apr 27

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    My last name. It sounds like huggies the diaper

    company. Btw my last name is Huggins
    jamorah jamorah 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 11, 2014

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    Chelsea. It's okay. My friend calls me Chelly.

    It's sounds funny. But I want to change it. When I used to work for the telemarketing company. I was allowed to change my first name and that was so fun. I used to say things like hi my name is Simone or Porsha calling from ______. Simone Montana. Hm sounds goods. Brianna...
    ChelseaMonroe ChelseaMonroe 26-30, F Feb 6

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    Hi Wolfie here :) Yall help me out I hate my

    name ( Fred Buzzardbreath) Hideous right ??? Well I wanna change it to ????? Rosco Buzzardbreath Wadya think ?
    wolffive wolffive 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 27

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    My real name is Clay Matthews.

    I guess it started in Kindergarten. I think my name got mixed up with another kid. His name was Max. Kids would call me Max but i tried to tell them it was Clay. Anyways, the name stuck an now everyone just calls me Max. I think I look like a Max though. I still like to use Clay...
    maximumphoenix maximumphoenix 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 23, 2014

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    I want to be called by something other

    than my real name. I don't want to change it legally per say, just go by another name. Like its my birth name one very legal document but I'm known as the name I want to go by. And, I don't know how to tell my friends and school mates to start calling me by this other name. It's...
    hime1008901 hime1008901 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 2

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    I dislike my name. It's an extremely popular

    name, to the point where there's four other people with the same name just in my grade. It gets confusing unless someone states a last name. I want to choose a new name, to go with my wild escape across the country in two years, nine months, and two days. But I don't just want a...
    Draviel Draviel 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 23, 2014

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    I want to change my name to Jemma cause I

    resonate with that more. My name is Tori but I feel like that's not who I am. I feel like a fake person everytime someone calls me that.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 26

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    One Of A Million

    I have one of the most common male names of the past 30 years. In school, there were always several other guys with my name. I always felt like one in a million, common as dirt. My name was picked from a crappy 80s show I don't give a hoot about, and it doesn't carry any family...
    PassingTens PassingTens 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 5, 2013

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    objectively, I like my legal name by itself,

    but I don't feel right with it as MY name. When someone calls it, it feels like they're calling a stranger whom I'm impersonating for some reason.
    MagnificentBastard MagnificentBastard 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 25

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    Moratorium

    My father named me Heather Nicole. My mother wanted to name me Emma Rose. For the first few months of my life, my mother refused to call me Heather. Instead, she referred to calling me "baby". Maybe that was the first sign. I've always thought I was a caterpillar who needed to...
    celestialincendium celestialincendium 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 2, 2013

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    My first and last name is really boring.

    It's like a cookie cutter name. I know so many Natalie's in my life and it's so annoying. I'm kind of embarrassed of my middle name since no one has heard it before and it doesn't flow with my name. I always adored people who have names that start with a K. I was thinking of...
    tinywonderland tinywonderland 18-21, F Jan 11

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    My name is Katelyn...

    Its extremely common where I live and I can't stand it. I like the story behind how my parents came up with it and what it means but I don't like how every other girl has the same name as me...Freshman year, I had 10 friends with the same name as me.
    GreenEyess GreenEyess 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 27

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    I actually am in the process of getting rid of

    my first name (my new first name is my current middle name), and changing my middle name to a whole new name.
    EmoGirl286 EmoGirl286 13-15, F 3 Responses May 12

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    I Hate My Name

    Ive always hated my name because people make fun of it. no one can ever pronounce it and i hate introducing myself. Ive hated my name ever sincei could remember. its hard to sign and its hard to say and its pretty ugly.
    hcofever hcofever 16-17 2 Responses May 24, 2011

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    Drifting Sideways

    Sometimes I think about changing my name. My birth name is Olivia & everyone says its a pretty name, I guess that's true because I encounter more people that have it. Sometimes I think that its not unique anymore. Alot of times I use Rosa for online stuff, not that I mind sharing...
    RosaRod666 RosaRod666 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2012

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    My first and middle name is Sarah Nicole.

    They are such common names. I hate it so much! No offense to anyone who likes it. I absolutely love the name Anastasia. I love uncommon and unique names. My parents will let me change my name when I figure out what I want it to be. I just want to add another middle name that I...
    CrystalViolet7 CrystalViolet7 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    WannabeGirl1999 WannabeGirl1999 16-17, T 1 Response Dec 28, 2014

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    Name Change On Ep?

    Hi All, I am thinking of changing my name on EP. I just think that my name could be better! A list of ideas for EP names: Sleeping Heart Aflame (might just change it to HeartAflame) Sleeping Aurora Diamond Eye's Wide Asleep (might be too long) Soul On Fire Angel On Guard Purple...
    FreshBeginning FreshBeginning 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2011

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    my real birth name is ok,

    i was named after a flower. but i don't feel like i've blossomed in life lol. if i could change my first name then i would legally change it to Katie because i've always thought that was a really cute name <3 and i hate my last name, but since i'm a girl then i can get...
    randomgirl42 randomgirl42 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 9

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    To either Sebastian Michaelis

    or Kassandra Killjoy :/
    LessOne LessOne 13-15, F 3 Responses May 3

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    I've actually always been fine with my name,

    but then one day I met someone named Xhulio. Pronounced Julio but you can also have the nickname X. Needless to say I need this name.
    catchphrasejones catchphrasejones 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 4, 2014

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    Nah, not really. Surname of Caesar?

    That's cool. My great grandfather was named Julius Augustus Caesar, that was cool too. Apparently he had some issues getting into the Air Force as they wouldn't believe his name at first. My parents decided to go along the same tack and name me Mark Anthony Caesar. I think that...
    KSPerson KSPerson 46-50, M Apr 27

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    I was born in a different country.

    My adoptive parents gave me a new name. Annie Brynnel. I absolutely hate it. People call me Orphan Annie. it really hurts cuz I actually was in an orphanage. To me Annie is the name for a weak person, a poor helpless child. I am ashamed and embarrassed of it. Annie isnt even a...
    RileyRed RileyRed 18-21, F Jan 30

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    I would change my last name to King,

    but I don't want any relations with my dad at all.
    BloodFanatic BloodFanatic 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 5, 2014

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    I Need To Forget My Past And Start Fresh.

    For years now i have battled with depression, anxiety, and my parents have traumatized me. I want to change my name when i move out and go to college. I want to be a new person, and the name Logan does not fit me. I was thinking Dante-after the poet. It means everlasting, and i...
    INVITExHYSTERIA INVITExHYSTERIA 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 3, 2013

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