Changing My Middle And Last Name

Hello, I may be a rare set as a male here. Also a male without children, I just really like names, But mostly I need an opinion. I've been wanting to change my middle name and last name for years. I just don't like them. I don't feel connected to them, and some other personal reasons I won't go into. But I can't seem to find a middle name and last name combo that I like.

My first name is Kieran, which I'm happy with. Middle names I have considered include Priestly, Parker, Shae, Orpheus, and Gray. Gray is currently my favourite.

Last names I've considered are Parker, Lane, Reed, Ashcroft, Mackenzie, and Cheshire. Cheshire was my great-grandmother's maiden name.

Do any of these sound like a good combination? Have any other names you would suggest. I'd like the last name to be a bit unique.


October 17, 2014 6:54 AM

Gray flows really well with Kieran, so I'd stick with that. Kieran Gray flows well with all of your surname choices, so I'd look for reasons to keep each choice rather than for reasons to get rid of them. You have given two reasons to use Cheshire: it was your great-grandmother's name and it's rare. The other names on your list are much more common. Cheshire also connotes a bit of whimsy and mystery (from the Cheshire cat), so if that's what you're going for, I'd say you have found a winner.

October 23, 2014 4:09 AM

This is all exactly what I was going to say! I really like Cheshire as a surname - it's super intriguing, and yet familiar enough from the Ailce in Wonderland association to be properly spelled and heard correctly the first tiem around. That it's got a family connection would alone be enough to put it higher on your list -- I think that if you are explaining a name change to someone, it would be completely understood by everyone if you said that you connected more with anotehr branch of your family rather than the one that happened to, by social convention, pass on the surname. It seems like the obvious choice for so many reasons, so I'd go for it!

As for the middle name - Gray is my favorite on your list, though I think Orpheus is a close second. I would however be aware of the timing of 50 Shades of, particularly that the movie is about to come out this winter. Middle names are generally very secret, and you'd be Kieran G. Cheshire most of the time, but if you are sending out change-of-name announcements or planning to use your middle name more frequently, you might expect some comments. I'd expect those comments to die down ere too long - Gray/Grey and related names like Greyson are very much on-trend and the barrage of little kids with those names will start to be a more predominant association for many people... but I'd want to have thought about the connection in advance and formulated a witty response. (Or maybe you loved the books and it is an homage, at which point rock on!)

Good luck, and please let us know what you chose!

December 7, 2014 11:45 AM

Yeah, my vota also goes for Kieren Gray Cheshire. Very handsome and gentlemanly. 

June 24, 2015 7:41 AM

Another vote for Kieran Gray Cheshire.

By JayF
June 25, 2015 10:38 AM

I think Kieran Reed Parker is good. I like it better than Gray as a middle name. Orpheus and Ashcroft suggest you like science fiction and fantasy, which may well be true, but suggest it so obviously that for those who have never met you, they will think it was your parents who like it, not you. And KOC as initials is really a bit, ahem, if you chose Cheshire as your last name. Though I like Cheshire, I just tried saying it three times fast and I got tongue-tied. Kieran Cheshire just sticks for some reason, though Cheshire rocks. It is also technically a family name, which gives it a historical weight. Reed, I think, is a nice choice for a man's middle name, and sound trendy without being too trendy right NOW.


So, I think then, that Parker is a good last name. It sits well with Kieran. And Kieran Reed Parker has a nice internal alliteration. All of the Rs make a nice sound. The internal rhyme of Kieran and Reed helps flow into Parker.

Also, if R was your previous middle initial, it would be a good transition so that really only one letter in your monogram needs changing.