I want to change my name, afraid of family's reactions
I'm 17 years old and for as long as I can remember, I've always disliked my name. I'm called Megan, middle name Alexandra. I don't mind Alexandra, but something about being called Megan bothers me.
I have nothing against the name itself, I have plenty of friends with the same name (which, by the way, is one of my problems with being called Megan, soooo common!). I've just always felt that it doesn't suit me. My mum argues that she thinks it does, but she was the one who chose my name so she's obviously biased. I've also had a hard time with health and school the last couple of years, though I'm doing very well now. I feel like Megan is tied to all that I went through. It has my baggage attatched to it. I've decided now that when I'm 18, before I go to university, I'm changing my name.
I haven't told my parents yet. I'm afraid of their reactions, that they'll take it personally. I'm also dreading having to tell the people I know about the change. They might think it's weird that I'm changing my name, or even refuse to call me it. To make it a bit easier on my parents, I want them to help me choose my new name. I have a few in mind, and I'll go with whichever one they like best. I like each of the ones I've chosen equally, so I don't mind doing this.
So I guess what I'm asking is... how can I bring this up to my parents without offending them, or if that's inevitable, how do I make it easier? Will people find it weird if they find out that I've changed from my birth name? I don't think I'd even feel comfortable being called Megan at all once I legally change it. I figured I'd ask here since this is a naming site and all, and from the other forums I've read, the people here seem really wise. Any advice would be lovely. Thanks :)
Thu, 02/11/2016 - 5:05pm