I’m considering changing my middle name. In a discussion of ancestry and names, my mother said she wished she had given me a family name (her mother’s) instead of the generic one I got. I would change it from Julie Ann (the Ann has no significance) to Julie Etta (Etta was my grandmother’s name). I like the sound of Julie Etta, and I like the idea of having my grandmother’s name as part of my own. I know the legal steps to take, and have even picked up the papers from the county probate clerk’s office. What I don’t know is how much of a pain in the ass it might be to change everything (credit cards, teaching certificate, social security, etc.) to a new name.
Have you ever changed your name? What are the potential pitfalls?