questionswould you change your name and, if so, what would…

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Honestly, I'd be happier if people could just learn how to spell my name. It's got an apostrophe in it, but it isn't that hard to get it right. Some websites really don't like it.

And to answer the question, nope, wouldn't change it.

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hey, before i got hitched i had a simple four letter last name. it followed the basic rules we were taught in first grade about how to sound out words. you would not believe the way people could mispronounce it. even after i said it people still got it wrong. and oh how they would misspell it if i just said it. there were even three starter nonrelated groups that founded the county i lived in. still no. now my name is just another job title. but it's just a name. it's not who i am.

also wouldn't it be disrespectful to your parents to change it.

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Back in 2000 I actually did change my name. I was not given a middle name at birth and in my teens had a major falling out with my birth father. I adopted my maternal grandfather's middle and last name since all of the family I still keep in contact with are all named Pressmann.

It cost $40 and took about a week, I did the research and didn't even need an attorney.

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@professore: Nailed it! Even woot has the apostrophe hate.

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I hyphenated my name when I got married as my ex's last name was Jones. I kept that when we divorced so I'd have a similar surname to my son. When he turned 18, I changed my surname back to my maiden name. Costs $750 to a name change in TX and it requires a lawyer. Ridiculous.

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I took my mother's family name when I was in college. It didn't cost me anything. I had my doctor and dentist change my files and print me a statement, took those to the DMV when I renewed my license, then took that to the Social Security office. That was enough documentation for them. Using it for the specified amount of time on legal forms makes it legal.

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I changed all three of my names when I was 18. Not a one step process, but it wasn't too bad. Took my birth middle name as my first, my grandfathers first name as my middle and my mothers maiden as my last. I couldn't have been happier. I see no reason anyone should keep a name they don't like, but make it legal, pseudo-names only confuse things.

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@bnbsouthworth: That may be true in some states, but not most. It takes a judges order to make it legal. Any name you use that isn't on your birth certificate is an AKA. Yes, you can get your birth certificate changed. I have mine changed when I legally changed my name and again 4 years later when I asked my step-father to adopt me, despite the fact that I was 21 at the time.

Edit: FYI: Name change in NY, birth certificate from MA and SS# from IL. All required sealed document from the judge.

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Thor.
And I'd like to see a law requiring all ex spouses to immediately cease and desist using their ex spouses last name.

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@gidgaf: Makes it hard on the kids if their mom suddenly has a different last name as them.