Changing my name (Ideas/Thoughts/HELP!)

My name is Morgan. A lot of people seem to like it but it's so unfeminine to me. My mom said she named me Morgan because she wanted a strong name for me that didn't end in an -ie or -y sound. neither ending in an -a sound. I've thought about going by my middle name a lot but my middle name is even more common than my first name. My last name is also the top 3 most common english surnames on the list so my name cries for uniqueness.

I want to know what you think about changing names or experiences with name changing (including anyone you know that has). I am very open to hear any names you would like to suggest at all. I'm a tad obsessed with names. :)

I don't hate my name at all, I just feel it isn't fitting anymore. I really enjoy spanish culture and czech/russian culture.

I don't know what kind of name i should pick, I come from a long line of Germans and Brits but I can't say I'm completely in love with those names. I want a name unique but beautiful, ending in -a, -ana, or -ia. I am open to different ending names, 

Names I Like (*Note: These names can be used as middle names with each other because I plan on changing both)

-Mariana   -Stella

-Maria      -Cecilya

-Roselia    -Yelisaveta (weird i know but I like variations and the sound)

-Nina        -Lana

-Katarina, Katharina, Catharina

-Viviana

Names I can't use (Family/Friends/People with bad memories)

-Samantha  -Stephanie

-Cynthia      -Wendy

-Peggy        -Elfriede

-Yvette        -Marie

-Christine/a  -Taylor

-Naila           -Clare/Carla

-Julien/ana/a -Anabel/belle/bela/bella

-Dawn          -Isabel/bella/bela

-Rita             -Maryann

-Lynn

Replies

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December 8, 2013 12:25 PM

The safest route is to choose one of the top contenders and start using it with baristas to see how it feels. My husband changed his name but was too lazy to jump through all the legal hoops, so all of his banking and billing information has his original name. But now, some 25 years after he changed it, no one calls him by his birth name anymore, and most of his acquaintances don't even know that his call name has no relation to his first or middle name (now that was a dilemma for our wedding invitations as many of his parents' friends only knew  him by his original name and no one on my side knew that name at all).

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December 23, 2013 9:15 PM

I know someone named Pzchemec that goes by both Tom and Daniel

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By EVie
December 8, 2013 1:27 PM

If you're interested in something that fits in with your heritage, Katarina and Katharina are both German variants of Katherine, so either would work really well. Catharina is Dutch & Swedish. Maria is also a totally pan-European name that works in almost any language. 

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December 12, 2013 11:41 AM

I think the names Cecilya and Katarina are really good names! A good practice is to imagine yourself in different situations with people using your new name. Ask yourself, would this name sound good in a job interview? Does it have potential nicknames? Is it easy to pronounce and spell?

I think that the name Yelisaveta is a bit hard to figure out how to pronounce although it does seem pretty cool. If you live in a place where people are familiar with how to pronounce this name it could work. Personally, I wouldn't pick this name because in my area it's uncommon so every introduction would take 5 min before the other person could figure out how to say it right.

Why not try to narrow your list down to 3 or 4 and ask some friends or family what first impression they get of the names? Although, pick carefully who you share with... some people can be overbearing with their opinions.

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January 9, 2014 2:30 AM

I really like the names Cecilya, Katarina, and Mariana- in that order. Are nicknames importatant to you? Ask yourself if you also like the common nicknames that come out of these names because in all likelihood that is what you will be called by most of the time.

I really dislike the names Stella because all I can think of is "A Streetcar named desire". And personally, the name Nina makes me think of Nana (Grandma) but not everyone would have that association.

Another thing to keep in mind is the popularity levels of these names around the time you were born and now. If you picked a name and it was totally unheard of/or really common around the time you were born would that bother you?

Anyway, best of luck. I'm trying to pick out a new name too- and it's a tougher decision than I thought it would be!