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BigNoise
Saturday, February 25th, 2012, 11:13 PM
What is everybody's opinion on changing one's name?

I'm not a fan of my Hebrew first name, and I plan to start going by my Germanic middle name.

∆meric
Saturday, February 25th, 2012, 11:29 PM
Your first name wouldn't happen to be Zachary would it? I don't think I've ever come across anyone with that name who didn't dislike it.

I don't think you should discard your first name just because it is Hebrew. They are fairly common for males anyway, though most people don't think of them as Jewish/Hebrew. The most common names among males of my generation are David & Michael.

Slivers
Saturday, February 25th, 2012, 11:44 PM
I've thought about changing my name and going by my maternal maiden then fraternal last. Not hyphenated of course but the maternal last name would be more like a middle name. Others have done this and it seems to be a type of Americanism.
The two last names go well together.

I remember a friend of mine in HS very emphatically stated once that first names determine a persons personality. If you agree with this you may not want to change it. If your parents named you Eliyahu or Abraham Smith you might consider changing it.
My dad has what's considered a Gaelic first name that was probably popular in the 50's(But not now). Everyone just calls him Buddy or John.

CruxClaire
Sunday, February 26th, 2012, 12:00 AM
I dislike my name because it's French, and I dislike the French language and culture. But it's connected to my identity strongly enough that I'm not sure I could go by any other name. If I did, it would have to be my middle name, Elyse, but that's also not optimal because it's an American spelling of another French name, this one meaning "God is my oath," which really doesn't fit me.

MŲŲv
Sunday, February 26th, 2012, 02:34 AM
I dislike name changes in general and will always be against it.
I will however do a change on my name this year as the laws over here have changed and now I am available to change it so it is written as it`s supposed to be written and not by the language rules by the native language here.
For example letter "x" is void here so instead it is written as "ks". Now that "x" letter is available, and everything else, I decided to do the alteration.
But, I would never change my complete name into something else.

Thusnelda
Sunday, February 26th, 2012, 08:48 PM
My first name is "Julia" which is of Roman origin...well, it could be better, but it isnīt that worse that Iīd like to change it. ;) I would prefer a Germanic name, of course, but they arenīt very widespread nowadays (which is very regrettable). If I happen to give birth to a daughter in the future, she will receive a Germanic name for sure (same so with a son). For example, Iīm in love with the name "Freya". :thumbup

BigNoise
Sunday, February 26th, 2012, 10:21 PM
Your first name wouldn't happen to be Zachary would it? I don't think I've ever come across anyone with that name who didn't dislike it.

No, not Zachary.

My middle name is my dads first name, and my great grand fathers first name. My dads father actually went by his Scots/Gaelic middle name for the majority of his life, ditching his Greek first name. So, I figure I'd just be upholding a family tradition! :D

Dvergr
Monday, March 19th, 2012, 05:09 AM
If you could change your name, first or last, what would you change it to ?

I've always loved obscure Old Norse names, I would potentially change mine to NŠttfari which means "the one who goes out at night"

Sigurd
Monday, March 19th, 2012, 05:14 PM
My first name is Roman, my middle name is Greek; I was considering the option of changing names earlier on in my life, but in essence, I realise that it would be disrespectful also to my parents to go away from the name they saw fit for me and that it would not sit too well with my mother. ;)

That being said, I'm not so fussed these days, anyway. I'm sort of named after the Emperor who tried to bring Heathenry back into the Roman Empire and who was himself an avid philosopher. Could think of worse. :D

Mvix
Monday, March 19th, 2012, 07:11 PM
If you could change your name, first or last, what would you change it to ?

I've always loved obscure Old Norse names, I would potentially change mine to NŠttfari which means "the one who goes out at night"

Sorry but at least in Icelandic it sounds silly for a person, it sounds like something that you would name a horse. I tried to google it and the results show horses, cows and a motorcycle club.

http://barnaland.is/barn/76541/page/54786/ this site shows a lot of male names in Icelandic and their meanings. They also tell you if the name is of a Hebrew,German or other origins. Hebrew=Hebreska, German= řżska, Norwegian=norksa, Swedish=sśnska, Danish=danska.
http://www.bssl.is/img/ns00035.jpg
NŠttfari

Unity Mitford
Monday, March 19th, 2012, 07:43 PM
What is everybody's opinion on changing one's name?

I'm not a fan of my Hebrew first name, and I plan to start going by my Germanic middle name.

This is acceptable - many people use their middle name rather that their first name. :thumbup

Dvergr
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 03:15 PM
Sorry but at least in Icelandic it sounds silly for a person, it sounds like something that you would name a horse. I tried to google it and the results show horses, cows and a motorcycle club.

http://barnaland.is/barn/76541/page/54786/ this site shows a lot of male names in Icelandic and their meanings. They also tell you if the name is of a Hebrew,German or other origins. Hebrew=Hebreska, German= řżska, Norwegian=norksa, Swedish=sśnska, Danish=danska.
http://www.bssl.is/img/ns00035.jpg
NŠttfari

Hm ... alright, I happened to like Old Norse names and I think it was one of the names cataloged in the Landnamabok. I'll instead just re-name myself "Frank" or something just as boring so Icelandic people don't laugh at me.

Elfriede
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 03:37 PM
I am personally ambivalent towards my name (Roman origins) but I used to really dislike it. I think that people who want to change their name because it isn't Germanic should make sure they choose Germanic names for their children. They should also make sure they teach their children to do the same for their children.

Dvergr
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 05:21 PM
I am personally ambivalent towards my name (Roman origins) but I used to really dislike it. I think that people who want to change their name because it isn't Germanic should make sure they choose Germanic names for their children. They should also make sure they teach their children to do the same for their children.

Yeah absolutely. If I ever have kids I will teach them the importance of Heritage and Tradition to the fullest. It would be too disrespectful to my parents right now to change my name. I would only do it if they passed away.

Mvix
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Hm ... alright, I happened to like Old Norse names and I think it was one of the names cataloged in the Landnamabok. I'll instead just re-name myself "Frank" or something just as boring so Icelandic people don't laugh at me.

There have also been people that have been called Lofthśna and SvarthŲfūi a long time ago meaning Air-chicken and Darthvader( at least what we call darthvader). I wasn't making fun of you but this is what thought of when I heard that name, it's good to know what you are about to name yourself before you do so and I just wanted you to know this. I think you would give someone who presented himself as night-wanderer an odd look. There are a lot of good and rare nordic names and if you want to name yourself NŠttfari that's fine by me.

Iverson
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 06:45 PM
What are peoples opinions on changing one's surname??

It would be easier for other people to get used to a changed surname than a changed first name. It is probably more important than a first name aswell because it lives on down the generations. You can change your surname to something germanic, and then your children can have germanic names, leaving them with all their names 100% germanic, and the problem sorts itself out in a generation alot easier than trying to change your first name now.

Unity Mitford
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 07:11 PM
What are peoples opinions on changing one's surname??

It would be easier for other people to get used to a changed surname than a changed first name. It is probably more important than a first name aswell because it lives on down the generations. You can change your surname to something germanic, and then your children can have germanic names, leaving them with all their names 100% germanic, and the problem sorts itself out in a generation alot easier than trying to change your first name now.

Women will usually take their husband's last name when they marry. For a man, I would say it is disrespectful to your parents, but that's just me.