First Name Change (Time running out)
I've hated my first name for my entire life, and I now have a chance to change it (applying to new schools). I definitely think I will do this, as something about me deeply disagrees with the name I've been given–to the point where I cringe internally whenever I introduce myself or somebody calls me over. My current name is "Amy". The thought of hearing it for even one more year of my life is unbearable.
I want a name that is less common and sounds more sophisticated. I've been thinking over what to rename myself for a few years. Although I've spent quite some time scouring naming websites like this one, I have never really hit upon one that feels just right.
My new name will be uncommon but not absolutely out there, contain 3 or more syllables, start with A, and most likely end in A. Based on the names I like the most, the -ia ending appeals to me, but I'm open to suggestions without that specific suffix. I also want it to sound sophisticated and relatively modern.
I'm not a huge fan of place, word, and brand names, or names that come up too commonly in daily life. (I'd have loved "Athena" and "Artemis" especially if they weren't the names of goddesses mentioned a lot.)
A connection to history or science would be a bonus, as would a meaning related to truth or determination or the like, but they aren't necessary. I'd just like to avoid possible negative connotations.
My previous favorite (probably still my favorite despite myself) was Cambria, but I had to remove it from my shortlist because I wanted to keep my initials (AZ) and it was too common of a place and brand name (although it's quite rare as a given name, which I like). However, I'm still very attached to the sophisticated sound of it and its connection to evolutionary science. A similar name starting with A would be a strong candidate.
Currently, the top name on my almost-nonexistent shortlist is Alethia, which means "truth" in Greek. It's a very pretty name, but the issues I have with it are that it sounds slightly lispy and not as sophisticated as "Cambria" is. (...there's nothing else on my "shortlist", although I do like names such as Irene, Cora/Corina/Corinne, Elara, and Xenia.)
Suggestions would be deeply appreciated, especially now as my time to decide is quickly running out. I need to decide by the beginning of January at the very latest. This is a decision that's becoming increasingly stressful but important, as this is something I feel strongly about doing. It's been six years since I decided I would change my name, but I never could find the perfect one and now I only have two months left. Since this is a life-altering decision I have a relatively short time to make, I'm seeking guidance from sources like Internet forums.
Please do reply to this post if you have anything to say–suggestions, opinions, or even connections to yourself would be really nice to read.
(Just to recap: 3 or more syllables, starts with A, not common as word, place name, or brand, not mentioned often, positive/strong meaning, preferably a connection to science and/or history)
Thank you so much for reading!
Wed, 11/08/2017 - 7:24am