I’ve hated hated hated my real first name my whole life. I hate the name so bad that I will not speak it. If I have to tell someone what my legal first name is, I spell it for them without pronouncing it (I’d have to spell it for them even if I did pronounce it because it’s a stupid made-up name that no one can spell or pronounce).
I probably would’ve had my name changed sooner, but I wasn’t sure what to change it to since the name I go by does not start with the same letter as my legal name, and I want to keep my initials. Recently I figured out what to change my name to, and tomorrow I’m seeing a lawyer to get the process started.
Has anyone here ever had their first name legally changed? Are you glad/sorry you did it? Do you have any advice for me (issues I may not have considered)? Were your parents upset? (I know that my mother, master of passive aggression, will make me feel guilty the rest of my life. She should feel guilty for slapping that name on me.)