New law: As of today every adult must legally change his or her first name. My new name is…

(and you must list three reasons for your choice)


[li]Unusual but not to the point of weirdness[/li][li]Short[/li][li]Cool song reference (Eli’s Coming)[/li][/ol]

You go.

Elf Mustard? Sounds like a condiment at a French convenience store.

Mine would be Eduardo.

  1. One syllable names all sound the same when called out by the counter girl when the order is ready at Jack in the Box.
  2. Already exists as a name in my family.
  3. Faux-ethnic.

I am now Rael.

Unusual and short. Cool song reference? Anything from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.


  1. Do I really need to list reasons?

My new name would be Judith, for the heroine of the Apocrypha. The story is in all likelihood completely fictional, but it’s WAY cool. Off with his head!


It’s Ojibwe.
It almost describes me (I am usually 10 minutes or more early).
It sounds English.

I don’t go by my first name, but I’d probably pick Elmer.

Damn. I like my name. Can I just be Chaya Rivkah? Chaya is short.

Not allowed, as I already did it once.

I went from a firstname whose full form was 4 words, to the one-word abbreviation I’ve always used.

  1. Foreigners found it very confusing.
  2. Both foreigners and the occasional Spanish-speaking asshole would insist that my name was Maria. I once worked for a Seville-based company where the email directory listed thousands of Marias who would actually turn out to be Marisol, Pili, Carmen or Lupita, but hey, we all had multi-word firstnames of which the first was Maria, and the guy in charge of the directory had manure for brains.
  3. The Spanish government would print different abbreviations in different documents. The abbreviations in my driver’s license and in my passport were different. People whose first language was a Romance one would see that and exclaim “oh. My. God. They abbreviated it different? :eek: :rolleyes:” People from other language families… getting a rented car from Copenhaguen Airport was needlessly complicated by that stupid abbreviations thing. If I hadn’t thought of mentioning that their own “funny letters” get changed all kinds of ways by airline software I might have had the cops called on me, she was already raising the phone.


  1. I am Sancho.
  2. Are you Sancho?
  3. No, you are not. I am Sancho.


  1. Cooler than my real name.
  2. Nickname: Nick the Dick


It’s what I’ve called myself online for nearly 20 years, and it’d be easy to adjust to.

Alexander. I just like the sound of the name; in games where I can name the character, Alexandra/Alexander tend to be my first choices.

Of the first 12 responses, exactly 2 - or 16% - have followed the rules of the OP.

Gotta love the Dope :slight_smile:

Okay, I’ll get things back on track.


  1. It was the name of one of the bad guys in the John Wayne movie “Rio Bravo.”
  2. Easy to say and spell.
  3. It could be shortened to Nat or Nate and then I could yell at people for using a nickname.

I wish I could, I wish I could.

I’m not happy with my first name and going by my middle name is not an option as it has problems, too.

I’ve looked thru name lists for my first initial and … it’s a glum list. None of them click.

I like the OP’s 3 criteria but I have an extra one of my own: I want a name with a formal (“Richard”) and informal (“Dick”) versions. But without the male body part connotation.

It depends a lot on what your definition of a short name is. Some people might allow two-syllable words, and some people might think it means one syllable words only. Some people might do letter counts, so the two-syllable Richard is too long, while the two-syllable Amy passes muster.


  1. It keeps the connection to the person I was named after

  2. It’s my current Hebrew name so I’m comfortable with it

  3. I like it

When I was a kid, I fell in love with the name “Dexter,” probably from the Kurt Russell/Disney movies. But all in all, I’d probably go outlaw, tell the law to get knotted, and keep my very standard first name that’s just uncommon enough these days to be distinctive.


  1. Inspires instinctive, subconscious reverence in 16% of the world population (41% in Latin America)
  2. Doesn’t lend itself to silly nicknames
  3. I like the idea of everyone who addresses me calling me “miraculously perfect and pure” even if they don’t know they are doing it.
    No, seriously, I’ve always liked the name “Siobhan.” I don’t have three reasons, I just like it.