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Have You Changed Your Name?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by shimmerz, May 7, 2015.

How often have you changed your name - just because?

  1. 0 - I have never changed my name

    47.9%
  2. 1 - time

    35.4%
  3. 2 - times

    3.1%
  4. 3 - times

    5.2%
  5. 4 - times

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. 5 times or more

    8.3%
  1. Notamorningperson

    Notamorningperson Active Member

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    I go by an alias, and the only people outside of work that know my legal name is my pastor (for background check)

    I go by that for a few reasons. For one, I'm a gender queer. Some people wouldn't guess that but mainly because they don't care and don't ask, which is the way I like it. But my known name is neutral.

    It's also a name I consider sacred. And the secrets behind that name are guarded by close friends.

    I'd never have it as a legally changed name, just an alias.
     
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  3. brokenEMT

    brokenEMT Well-Known Member

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    I lost 2 members of my family to homicide, and I legally changed my name after that. My old name is part of a life that doesn't exist anymore (it died with them), while my new name was a change necessary to live my new life without the daily reminder. It also ensured the perpetrators couldn't find me, and same with the reporters/media. No one who knows me now has any idea about my past, or my old name.
     
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  4. 420kitty

    420kitty Well-Known Member

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    I started calling myself Lexi and I changed my hair color to go with my new self.
     
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  5. Rad

    Rad I am not PTSD.

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    I changed my name legally for a reason other than PTSD.
    But changing my name really, really helped too. Because it felt like "severing" the ties with my past. It felt great (and I love my name).
     
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  6. BookerNoe

    BookerNoe Active Member

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    I changed my last name to hyphenate both of my parents last names after a very nasty divorce and I felt like I didn’t identify with my dad’s family any longer (oh yeah and he abused me for the better part of a decade). When I got married I was so happy to change my name again to drop his name completely.
     
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