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    How do you feel about your name?

    I didn't like my given name for years, I don't feel connected to it at all.
    My name means 'brotherhood' in hebrew (fraternite in french). I think it's has a nice powerfull meaning, but it doesn't belong to me. Now days I'm just ok with it.
    I liked my surename so much that I kept it after I got married, speacialy because it has no meaning, it's just some letters together, a typo of some british soldier. I like it's randomness.
    I like my new family name too and I like the fact that my full name is so long now that I need to spell it a few times for people.
    What do you think about your names?

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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    Hate my real life first name. It's a super common name... with a misspelling. It gets old repeating the same "with an i" or "with a K" or "with an S" or whatever... and then people still misspell it. Although I venture to argue that my parents are the ones with the spelling challenge, not other people.

    I have had multiple last names since I was born--and only 1 of those changes was my choice.

    I hadn't liked any of my last names (or either of my first names).

    The problem with names is that they're given to us and then we're stuck with them for a lifetime. We should get to choose a new first name at age 18. Or at least it should be easier to fix your parents' stupidity if they name you something like the twins we knew as kids that almost ended up Boots and Saddles. The doctor, fortunately, put an end to that one by saying he refused to sign the BC until they changed it to something the kids wouldn't be tortured for, for life. Good on him.

    On the other hand, I knew a lady named Ida Mae Tinkle.

    Now there's a name I wouldn't have wanted, but then again, who knew she'd end up with the married name of Tinkle. LOL!

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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    My name has become like Tyrion's dwarfism: I wear it like an armor so that it can never be used to hurt me.

    For pretty much my entire life, my name has been a topic of conversation, surprise, disbelief, or suspicion. You see, I have a boy's name that is spelled EXACTLY like the girl counterpart. So I say, "hello! My name is Michael!" And then the shitty ones will say, "prove it!" Well, I can't. Because it's spelled like Michelle. If someone still doesn't believe me I just get really sardonic and consent defeat. "Sure you're right. I do this to make my life easier."

    You can't have a little girl, name her Michael, call her a nickname her whole life, and then, when it comes time for her to learn how to spell her name, have her teachers tell her she's doing it wrong. It doesn't make any fucking sense to me, and honestly, it gives me grief with every person I meet, with every job I have, every blind phone call I get, etc, etc, etc.

    However, in the 5th grade I decided to own it. "Fine, my name is Michael and you guys will call me that if you want to talk to me at all."

    There's somewhat less of a chip on my shoulder about it now, but that came with age. My first name is a pain in the ass and I don't know anyone who goes through as much stupid shit over their name as I do on the REGULAR.

    My last name? Eh. British, which is strange because there's really not that much British in my blood. But the cool German name my mom had was replaced with this boring dribble that makes me sound like a lawyer or something.

    Whatever. I wouldn't change it. Gotta play the hand you're dealt.
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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    I adore my name!

    My first name is Dorothy and my last name (undisclosed) is incredibly bad ass.

    I've lucked out within that aspect.

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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    My first name is incredibly common and I share it with my dad. I hated it for years and now I still don't like it but I'm not asking people to call me a different name anymore. I'm okay with my last name. It's super common too but I like it more than my first name.
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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    My first name is Ember and I was named after a comic book character. This has had a lasting, awesome impact on my life. My last name has changed twice now via marriage/divorce/marriage and the only issue with my current last name is no one can pronounce it or spell it. But I had the same issue with my maiden name even though it was incredibly easy to spell and pronounce. People just forget how language works when it comes to names, I think.

    My only issue with my first name is everyone insists on calling me Amber, even after I correct them, even after I say "No, Em, with an E, like a fire." I have an aunt who, despite knowing me my entire 27 years, still gets it wrong all the time. I had a pharmacist correct -me- when I spelled my name for him "It's E.M.B.E.R." "A.M." "No no, E" "A". -_-

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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    I like my name, Jimmy or James on paper. The problem is no one actually calls me either of those. Even my own mother refers to me almost exclusively by my last name. I just have one of those last names.
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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    Quote Originally Posted by wisp View Post
    I had a pharmacist correct -me- when I spelled my name for him "It's E.M.B.E.R." "A.M." "No no, E" "A". -_-
    Oh my god, that's horrible, but it's also hilariously funny (not at the time, I'm sure). "If I meant A, I would have said A, derpyhead."

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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    My name is Amelia-Mary, with an accent on the e... It's annoying because it's french, everyone always pronounces it wrong, or spells it wrong, it's long, and formal, and multi-syllabic... Everyone calls me Millie cos it's playful, like me

    Plus, e-acute's, are never printed on exam certificates, or official paperwork
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    Re: How do you feel about your name?

    I used to find my name boring. It means "beautiful flower". But now I've started to appreciate it from a deeper symbolic perspective. To me, a flower is a symbol of rebirth; it rises out of the muck of dead organisms (soil) and blooms. I've really started to love me name

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