Help In Deciding Whether To Change My Name? If So What Kind Of Name Should I Pick? Ideas? Comments? Experiences?
Hello everyone I am thinking about changing my first name. At the moment my first name is Laura. I have no middle name/names. My parents didn't give me one. I am in my early twenties so have the option if I want to. My main language is English but can speak some French.
The reason I want to change my first name is because I have never felt like a Laura if you get what I mean? It is very popular where I live and growing up I was always Laura A. I was always one of many Laura's in my class. No nicknames were given to me. My parents never liked nicknames and so they didn't allow people to call me anything other than Laura unless of course it was a term of endearment (which was reserved for family only). The name Laura I feel does not reflect who I am on the inside. Also even if this may sound crazy but I feel a name gives people confidence. I don't feel the name Laura gives me confidence. I guess you could say I want a name that gives me confidence in myself and gives me self respect. I know a new name won't cure my confidence issues completely but I feel it will help.
The problem I have is I have no idea what to change my name to if I do decide to change my name. I have many names that I like but not sure if I would actually use the name for myself or even my future children if I am lucky to have some.
So people of this great community I wonder if you can answer some of these questions for me.
Q) How did you or someone you know whom have change their name experience their name change? Did they after a time still feel free happy with their decision or did they regret it?
Q) Did your your/their family support them when either you or when they changed their name? Did they call you or them by your/their new name or did call you/them by their old name?
Q) What do you think in general in someone changing their first name? Do you think they should if they want to or should they just stick with the name their parents gave them?
What I would want in a name is something that is unique enough so there won't be people named this everywhere I go. However I don't want a made up kind of name so people won't know how to pronounce it or spell it. Very popular names are out for me even if I do adore some of these names as they are to common. I have nothing against common or popular names as they are very pretty but I want my name to stand out as well as help me stand out from he crowd. I want my name to catch peoples attention and not put me in another crowd of Laura's for example.
If after you have read all of that (if you can read that far from my rambling) what kind of names do you think I should be looking at?
Any experiences and comments are welcome. Any help appreciated.
Thanks for reading.
Wed, 08/14/2013 - 12:45pm