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I wouldn't go with Bony given the other connotations, but Bonnie is acceptable but a bit dated (not that would be a bad thing - I think it'd have a "retro" feel on someone your age).
Yony/Rony are a bit too eccentric IMO if you're looking for something normal.
Admittedly I do see the appeal of Ryan on a female, and as long as you don't mind that there would be a lot of guys around your age (and a bit older and younger as well) with the name and how some people might see your name and assume your gender wrong before meeting you, I'd give it a pass for you.
Br(e/i)e, Briann(a/e), Briar, and Bryn are nice but not really my style.
My personal picks would be Bonnie if your tastes lean more vintagey and homespun, and Ryan if you'd prefer a more edgy and modern name. Good luck!
Actually it is still technically referred to as an amendment, but in the "attachment" case they indicate the changes on a second page rather than cross out or erase the old/incorrect information on the original document - although anyone seeing the certificate will see the changes it has the same validity. (Another technicality with all these cases in contrast to a purely marriage-related name change is that in most cases it changes your maiden/birth name for purposes of how it would appear on your children's birth certificates. I posted more detail about this situation under a comment at the link below - the blogger's comment highlighting her situation and then my comment on the child's BC situation are highlighted in blue.) http://appellationmountain.net/name-of-the-day-abigail/
Re: Your birth certificate - actually in most states, if you legally change your name for a non-marriage-related reason you can have it amended (or at least get an attachment added) reflecting your new name. (In sharalyn's case she wouldn't have been able to since all she did was make her maiden name into a middle name - which is still considered only due to marriage.) If you're interested you can contact Vital Statistics in the state where you were born - or I have a link below that was designed for people changing their gender as well, but may be of use to anyone with a first or non-marriage last name change. http://www.drbecky.com/birthcert.html
Also, beware that in many places you're not allowed to drop a first name even if you're changing to your husband's last name just by using your marriage license - changes involving your first name will likely have to be dealt with through court in the same way as if you weren't getting married at all.
Another example of the parent's and child's names appearing to be reversed: On the show Up All Night from 2011-12, the mom was Reagan and the baby daughter was Amy (on top of that one of Reagan's friends was Ava). Then there are the examples I've mentioned before of mom Jen(ny) (albeit short for Jane) with daughter Linda, and dad Nathan with son Paul. Then there is one case I recall mentioned on here several years ago that would've seemed more real in the past than now - mom Rose with daughter Sharon.
@Camilla - Like you, from the faces in the second group, Kayden is the only one that is egregiously "off" to me (since the name is a very modern one the chances of someone his age having the name from birth are extremely low). The others, while maybe a bit unexpected for the person's generation/race/ethnicity/religion, don't sound totally out-of-place with those faces.
I thought I'd bring up how howmanyofme.com's data is quite outdated as far as first names are concerned - the last census to release such data was the 1990 one (last names are based on 2000 data). That means names which have become more popular since then (e.g. Charlotte, and even Hannah which had its heyday in the 1990s/2000s) will be underrepresented while older names which haven't made a come back will be overrepresented.
Something you might be interested in is this list from the SSA, showing the Top 100 names for all years of birth combined over the last 100 years. Some of the names which peaked in the early years of that window (where the majority of members have already died) are still probably overrepresented, but it does take into account recently popular names. You can see how Elizabeth being so continually popular pushes its ranking up. You can also see how the higher birthrate during the baby boom years has pushed a lot of those names up as well. Since Jennifer (another one of the top names) was more popular during a time when the birthrate was lower (mid-late Generation-X era), that shows just how much the name towered in popularity!
Viola is a bit "offbeat" but still perfectly usable and not tease-worthy IMO. Since you like Viola and he likes Rachel, how about either Rachel Viola or Viola Rachel for the combo? Although Rachel has slid in popularity (making it dated to some) I think it's still a nice name that won't be as common in her generation.
I agree with your comment - although Amy feels like a dated '70s name to many of us it has a lot more history than that. I think it'd sound a bit unexpected in a nice way on a modern girl (like my reaction to a baby Amy on a TV show a couple of years or so ago) while at the same time being a familiar name. I also agree that it'd be best to stick with the most common spelling of Amy; that's another thing I like about the name - the "simple beauty" of an easy to spell and pronounce name (I'd maybe pair it with a more elaborate/current middle name were I to use the name myself in case she disliked having a too plain or older name).
@JnHsmom - The reason those names seem like they peaked later than the year looked at (1957) is those are among the fastest rising (not the most popular) names of the year, so it would make sense that their peak would be a few years later.
The easiest ways are: If the name was in the Top 1,000 for the year in question look up the Top 1,000 names on the SSA site for a particular year, and indicate you want to include the number of births. Or, for any name given to at least five babies for the gender in question that year, you can also download the file with the extended lists. Either way, once you have the data up, use the search feature in your browser (for the first method) or in your text editor such as Notepad (for the second one) to find the name and you'll see the number of births (if the name was used for both genders make sure you have the right one highlighed - which is important for even obviously non-unisex names since errors can make a name show up on the other side too, especially on the pre-circa-1990 lists and with the extended one). Also remember that you may get results with the string you entered anywhere in the name, so for example if you searched for "Ryan" that it isn't "Bryan" or "Bryant" that is highlighted.
In most places I don't think there are any "official" rules on which initial you have to use to sign non-government-related legal documents. In fact, if you do a search for "common law name change" you'll find that in many states you can technically assume another name as long as you aren't doing anything illegal or fraudulent by doing so (otherwise anyone who uses a stage, pen, etc. name would be breaking the law! - at most you'd have to "register" pseudonyms like those). Now of course there are rules on how your name appears on your driver's license, passport, etc. (typically your full name as shown on your birth certificate, other legal papers, or another ID you used to obtain it). However, when it comes to how you identify yourself for other purposes, unless they give a specific way you must do so (like when flying your ticket has to match what it says in your passport or on whatever ID you're using) - there is not usually a "set in stone" way you have to do it (particularly in this case of multiple middle names). The main concern is that it clearly identifies you as you, and you're being consistent on how you do it. For example, there are people who use their middle name, initials, or even a nickname when obtaining a line of credit - there's nothing illegal about that, but if you change how you identify yourself between credit entries then each "version" of your name will be recorded as an alias/AKA on your credit history; the same thing would happen if you did a full court-ordered name change with credit history under the prior name, a name change from marriage - which is usually just a universally accepted form of name change by usage (as opposed to other cases where it may not be enough to change IDs) - or even the presence or absence of a middle name or initials.
In most cases where a mismatch could result in errors (such as your example of standardized testing) I think the convention is it's your first initial that you should put in - but when that's not an issue I don't think there are any (official) rules unless otherwise directed.
An interesting pattern I saw is how in the past the South had a lot of names that were outmoded for the time still fairly popular - for example Emma in 1950 and Dorothy/Ruby in 1960 (as the maps showed). From when I played around with NameMapper myself I noticed the same with Charles and Henry (for example) on the boy's side in the 1960s. Today this pattern is probably masked by the fact that it's now many high-immigrant areas that are most prone to stick with names that are considered dated, although you'll still see now that Mary is quite a bit more popular in many Southern states than elsewhere. My hypothesis is that the South is big on honoring people and naming after family members, so names like these continue to be recycled there (strangely enough that may also explain how many "gone girl elsewhere" names continue to be semi-popular for boys there).
@Sharalyns - August is already climbing on the boy's side, and fits the "antique revival" pattern. Mae (that spelling) has also recently re-appeard on the Top 1,000 for girls. I think those two and June will continue climbing over the next few years, while April will show the pattern typical of "parent generation" names - a gradual but not steep decline.
Re: Carrie's "early comeback" - I remember you mentioning that your own name, Laura, is another Victorian-era favorite that saw its modern peak in the 1960s-70s as opposed to closer to the turn of the millennium or later like most of the other Victorian revivals.
I think that sometimes a youthful character or other similar icon can speed up an "old" name's comeback, putting its new peak a generation ahead of schedule (when to the generation doing the naming it's a "grandparent" rather than a "great-grandparent" or older name as your book often describes most of the revivals). A good contemporary example I can think of is one I touched on awhile back - Charlotte, whose last prime era was the 1920s-40s which would normally leave it yet to appeal to modern parents but defied the usual rule.
There is now a similar map up for the boys. As I predicted, although there are only three different names that held the top spot nationally, there is more geographic variety (especially in the more recent years) than with the girls (with there being numerous cases of a state's #1 boy's name not even being in the Top 10 nationally, while it's rarer for that to happen on the girl's side).
P.S. Laura Wattenberg, I think the NameMapper could use some updates (I know you and your crew is busy, but it's just a thought). Whenever I run the Java application it gives me a security warning. In addition, as I've touched before, it hasn't been updated since the 2009 names came out and the scope could be extended with the extended state-by-state lists (now available back to 1910 and down to names with at least five uses per gender within each state).
It would be interesting to see the same done with the boys. As has been observed on here before, while there is more variation with girls' names over time compared with the boys, in terms of variance between locations there tends to be more variety with the boys. Or to put it another way, while girls' names are more likely to be tied to a particular generation, boys' names are more likely to be correlated with a particular region. (I've seen this apply both within the U.S. and internationally.)
A practical use for what I mentioned is that if you're trying to avoid a "duplicate name" in your child's class, the state and regional stats are even more important for boys. Just as we tend to overestimate the popularity of names common when we were growing up and underestimate what is common now for babies, a name that seems common or uncommon nationally may be more or less so where you live (and vice versa). While both points apply for both genders, the former shows a more dramatic effect on the pink side and the latter on the blue side.
@another Laura - From people who've shared their experience with having an "out-of-generation" name the advantage you mentioned can work both ways. An "older" name tends to be a benefit when starting out when they may assume you're older, while a "younger" name can be helpful in the later working years like you mentioned.
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Re: Explaining to the judge why you want to change your name - Simply not liking your name is a good enough reason in most cases. What the courts want to do is make sure you're not trying to change your name for fraudulent reasons (e.g. avoiding debt or trying to cover up a criminal past, so unless you have factors like those against you there shouldn't be a problem changing your name because you don't like it.).