spell my name with an O?
for all my life i've had to correct people on the spelling of my last name. it's pronounced identically to an etymologically unrelated top 1000 surname (spanish, six letters, think alfred), but my name has an A instead of an O. it's not a common surname (iirc there are about 2,000 people with my last name in america, most notably an actor from "the west wing") and people normally assume that my surname is the unrelated spanish one.
for completely unrelated reasons, i am legally changing my first and middle names. it's now occurred to me that i could remove a significant bit of annoyance from my life by changing my last name one letter as well, like the guy from the isaac asimov story. but i'm concerned that changine from Ma**** to Mo****. but this raises two problems of unknown size:
1. i'm worried changing my last name is going to cause problems that changing my first and middle names isn't. since i would be changing both at the same time (this is non-negotiable, i really don't have the time or resources to change my name twice), i imagine there would be additional problems.
2. most people already assume my family members and i are hispanic even though we technically aren't. i have no problems with people assuming otherwise, but for reasons i can't quite articulate i feel a little skeevy adopting a spanish surname.
please help me out here? i'd greatly appreciate it.
Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:08pm