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    Changing One's Name

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    My first name is "Julia" which is of Roman origin...well, it could be better, but it isn´t that worse that I´d like to change it. I would prefer a Germanic name, of course, but they aren´t 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, I´m in love with the name "Freya".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    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!

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    Would You Change Your Name ?

    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 Náttfari which means "the one who goes out at night"
    Til árs ok friðar

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    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.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dvergr View Post
    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 Náttfari 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= Þýska, Norwegian=norksa, Swedish=sænska, Danish=danska.

    Náttfari

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