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Old 07-10-2008, 07:22 PM
 
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I changed my first and middle name a bit over a year ago to something I thought was "more me," plus I never cared for my first name. I did make it my middle to try to make the transition easier, but I'm finding I still have to explain to employers and former people I knew that I changed my name.

At any rate, I've changed my name late in life. All of my transcripts and diplomas have my previous name. My former employers know me by my previous name. Most people have adapted except for my mother and friend of 33 years. They refuse to use my new name.

Anyway, am I a weirdo? Do you think this will make it harder for me to find a job?
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:22 PM
 
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honestly i think that will make everything more difficult. employers will want to know your previous name so they can look up your history etc.,
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Northeastern WI
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Nothing wrong with that, heck I did it too. In fact Im now seriously looking into my last name now too, to my grandmothers maiden name. Why not, Ive been using it anyway for years, just not legally.
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Nothing wrong with that, heck I did it too. In fact Im now seriously looking into my last name now too, to my grandmothers maiden name. Why not, Ive been using it anyway for years, just not legally.
If I had to change my name to the ones people call me, I'd probably end up in prison for use of foul language!

Actually I did change my name one time.. I forgot what it was when I got on City Data, but I changed it to Magnum Mike...

My name is Mike, and people call me... Mike.

Okay, seriously I keep things simple, my first, middle, and last name are still the same since the day I was born, Michael Samuel [Father's last name], and I had no reason to change any of them, nor will I ever have a reason to do so.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:17 AM
 
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There are some bad names around... I've met a few people who really SHOULD change their name....

You should consult an attorney about how to handle this. Did one help you with the name change?
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I can understand why some people choose to change their names. My maternal Grandmother had four daughters, the eldest of which was named after her -- Daisy Mae. My poor Aunt hated it, and legally changed it when she was grown and had children of her own. She corrected us every time we slipped, and called her Aunt Daisy Mae. It fit my Grandmother, but it really didn't fit my aunt.

A friend of mine in HS, changed her name when she went away to college. She just started using a variation of her middle name, and it suited her and her personality better, anyway. I wouldn't want to hurt her Mother's feelings, though, so that's just between us on this public forum.

My own daughter has had people lummox the spelling of her first name until I told her if she wanted to put two L's in it, to do it -- with my blessing. The day she asked me what her name would have been had she been a boy, she never complained again about her own name.

My husband was in the same predicament you are in, movin' on. His parents, however, and everyone who knew him up until he graduated from HS called him by his middle name, and when he went into the Navy as a young man, and was called by his first name, decided he liked it better anyway.

I would just have a copy of the legal name-change added to your HR files, and whatever other paperwork you keep for work-related, or official, needs. I assume your SS card has the new name on it? Eventually, the name change will catch up to you, although your Mother and older friends may always inadvertently call you by the former name. I don't see much difference in your having done this, and perhaps the name change that comes from a girl's marrying, and changing her name. I have had divorced friends keep their married names because they liked them better than their maiden names.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:56 PM
 
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Yeah, you're weird.

But it has nothing to do with changing your name!
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Oswego, IL
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Okay, seriously I keep things simple, my first, middle, and last name are still the same since the day I was born,

So your name is Mike Mike Mike. Are you related to George Foreman?
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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Good one, studedude. Can you imagine the confusion in that househole on T'giving Day?? LOL

I've been wanting to change my name for a while now, but just can't find one I really, really like that I think fits me. Oh, well. Hey, go with it. It's what you want.
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:45 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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I wanna change mine! I was named after a famous singer/songwriter. It really sucks! The name is hidious!!!! I cringe when friends and family members say it. I have only met one other person with the same first name. We were in the service. Both of us went by our middle names.
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