Opinions Needed; Name Changer's Remorse
I would love to hear your opinions on this, both from a name enthusiast's perspective and from a general human being perspective. The name my parents gave me at birth was Emily Rose. I was born very premature so they only picked Emily because they thought it was pretty. (Rose is after my grandmother). So I legally changed my name to Beatrix Rose Lyra. I had been very focused on the perceived "style" of the name; I wanted a name with British, classic flair. I chose Lyra because I became a better person after I read the His Dark Materials series. (I'm an English major - literature is very important to me.) Everyone at my college knows me as Beatrix, or Bea.
I have experienced deep regret multiple times at the fact that Beatrix does not have that much meaning to me. Yes, it is pretty and sounds British-y and strong, but it isn't in any works of literature that I adore, and my family has had a hard time adjusting to it. I respond when called it, but it does not feel like ME. Now I am seriously considering changing it, and this time my name list is quite short;
Rose (Pretty, classic, and would be an easy transition as I would tell people I want to go by my middle)
Lyra (I really admire Lyra Silvertongue, the main character in His Dark Materials, and the mythological/musical connections)
Gemma (my parents called me EmmyGem a lot when I was younger. This is the main reason I'm considering this name)
So. I would like your opinions on these names, and on how well you imagine them aging. I would just tell people I'm going by my middle name in the cases of Lyra and Rose, and with Gemma...I'd just say I'm changing it. I would really appreciate any and all comments!
Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:11pm