Name Change- 2 heavy names?

Hi,

I am wanting to change my first name. My father named me that and it seems silly to keep it as I feel it's weak sounding as well as strange because he's not a good person and being a grown woman with that name feels wrong. 

I like the name Josephine because it keeps a familiar sound as my first name and it is strong, yet classy and feminine. 

This is my my true last name, believe it or not, so the full name I will have is Josephine Beverage. Those are two very long names. Are they too long or unusual? 

 

I do feel everyone will call me Josie, as people love calling me by a cute, short name. I'm cool with that, but I'll introduce with the long name. 

 

Thank you! 

Replies

1
March 5, 2014 1:53 PM

Josephine is a lovely name and goes well with your last name. I see no issues. Good luck!

2
March 7, 2014 1:19 AM

Same!  The rhythm of the syllables is quite pleasant when spoken aloud, imho

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By mk
March 5, 2014 4:07 PM

Those names are not long, and Josephine is not an unusual name. Your last name is a bit unusual because it is not common, but so is many people's last names.

Josephine is very pretty.

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March 5, 2014 5:19 PM

I think Josephine Beverage is a lovely name -- it nicely gets around the difficulties of a vocabulary-word surname by using a known-but-not-overused, classic given name. It's not really all that long, really -- one fewer syllables than my name, and fewer letters total, too.

There's an English country dance titled "Mr. Beveridge's Maggot" (maggot in its old sense of 'conceit, idea'). I now have the tune running through my head. :-)

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March 7, 2014 4:03 PM

Thanks guys! I really appreciate it. Now, as for the middle name... I think I'll change that too, since the name was sort of a package deal when I was born.

 

I have no clue what to chose for the middle name. It can't be too outlandish, as my last name already is. Maybe short and identifiable, but classy. I'm lost ^-^ 

 

I don't plan on people really knowing it, as just Josephine Beverage sounds so lovely by itself. Right now, I use my middle initial a lot, mostly to class up and make my name sound more grown up (it's actually a little girl's nickname, another reason I want to change it). 

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By mk
March 7, 2014 4:56 PM

Rose, Marie, May, Kate, Ivy, Elise

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March 14, 2014 8:25 PM

Hmm.  Maybe see what initials you like in the middle slot?

Do you like "Josephine M. Beverage"?  What about "Josephine B. Beverage"?  (I'd avoid A-names, for the obvious reason.)

In your position I'd probably just go with something short and classic, like Mary. 

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By PLL
March 10, 2014 10:24 PM

I like the name Josephine and I think it goes with your surname just fine. What kind of middle names are you looking for?

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March 10, 2014 10:27 PM

I like Josephine. I have a friend called Josephine and we call her Jo or Jojo if you preferred this over Josie.

Just curious but what is your original first and middle name?

10
March 27, 2014 12:00 PM

Thanks guys! I didn't check this for a while. :p

 

I am SO staying away from A--- I do not want to be Jab. 

Honestly, I like Josephine Kay Beverage, but then I would have the same exact initials as my mother. 

Another quandry, when I get married (it could be 2 years or 10), I will be replacing my middle name anyway and putting my current last name as my middle name and taking my husband's last name. So.. that complicates the middle name process more, seems weird to have 3 diff ones over a lifetime, I won't know what to call myself. 

11
March 28, 2014 10:00 AM

think of it as a fun exercise for future genealogists.  :) 

12
April 14, 2014 1:31 PM

I've thought about it for a few weeks. I've decides Josephine Miran Beverage and I'll likely go by Josie Miran Beverage. What do you think? 

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April 30, 2014 1:23 AM

That sounds lovely!