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Old 04-28-2013, 03:35 PM
 
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I always figured if my name was Gay, I would change it to the West African "Guye."
Tyson Gay doesn't seem to bothered. Perhaps his dad called him Tyson to make up for the Gay.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:38 PM
 
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I would!

But I am a man that has actually had a full legal name change. I didn't like my first, middle, or last name that my parents gave me and they were very normal American names! I changed all three when I was 23 years old. I have no regrets.
Hi there, Metta World Peace.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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What's so repulsive about Whitehead? Do you think white-haired people are repulsive?
I've heard of pimples referred to as "whiteheads", that is probably what they were thinking.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I grew up with a pretty hard to pronounce last name (German). Actually, it's not hard to pronounce but people warp it up all the time - they're unsure of themselves when they say it.
I don't understand how some people struggle to pronounce German names when they are so common in the US. Maybe in Texas they are less common but where I'm from in PA, half the people I know have German surnames and yet my maiden name would get mangled all the time.

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I still think "Kuntz" is the absolute worst last name, and I can't understand why anyone WOULD'NT change it. But I still encounter it here and there.

I can snicker at "Dickhaus" and "Butts," but Kuntz is in a different league altogether!
Case in point right here. Kuntz is pronounced with an "oo" sound, not an "uh" sound. Like Koontz. In fact, Koontz is just an Anglicized spelling of the German name Kuntz, probably some people changed the spelling because the original gets mispronounced too often.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:43 AM
 
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I've heard of pimples referred to as "whiteheads", that is probably what they were thinking.
OK, I see it now.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:29 PM
 
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we got a Slaughter here, his family was famous during the early years, first sheriff of the county and fought with andrew jackson. so its a very honored name here
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I was indexing for FamilySearch and came across the name Sch muck (without the space but apparently this forum thinks that's a dirty word?! This is someone's legitimate surname!). Not surprisingly, the individual was changing it.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hitler.

Raper.

Slaughter.

Shatraw.

What about Hogshead, or Roach, or Hogg, or Whitehead?

This is my opinion - Life's too short to live it burdened with a last name that would be repulsive and invoke such a negative, or ridiculing response from so many people.

Would you worry about offending members of your family?

Why or why not?
I know people with some of those names, I think most of them find it fun and wouldn't think of changing them. Our granddaughters last name is Murders.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:38 AM
 
Location: PORT ANGELES, WA
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This is a hard decision to make.

I wouldn't want a name that I didn't like but wouldn't want to hurt someone's feelings, as in marriage and last name.

If my parents named me Floozie, I would change it!
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Area 51.5
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Without reading the entire thread to see if it's been mentioned, I've always thought "Siemens" would be a horrible name to have.

Ditto Weiner and Hyman.

Bill Lear of LearJet fame named his daughter Shanda. I don't care for cutsie names like that, but probably wouldn't change it if it were mine.

I used to work with a guy named Charlie Titsworth.

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