Name Change Stories
Millions of Americans have name change stories about why they have gone to court and gotten a Legal Name Change. Some people Change Names to turn a page on their past, others to open doors for their future. Every reader of this article has ancestors who Changed their Names. Ask your relatives if you don’t already know who did it. There’s probably more than one in recent times. Sometimes people take a New Name when they move to help close the door on where they left. Sometimes a Name Change is made for career sake, or in marriage or divorce.
Name Change Stories Over the Generations
Name Change stories were rampant during 2 particular periods of American history…The famous/infamous immigrant Ellis Island era, lasting nearly a century, and the infamous slavery era which lasted for more than 3 centuries. In both these periods of time, events drove huge numbers of Name Changes, voluntary and involuntary. But regular Legal Name Changes have been going on before, during and after those events too.
Name Change Stories through Marriage
When 2 people marry, in 21st century America they’re nearly as likely to have one partner take the other’s Last Name as they are to hyphenate both Last Names or keep their own family names. Isn’t that the very crux of the question? To look back traditionally or forward creatively? I think this same question has been asked since our earliest ancestors first moved into caves together.
Name Change Stories-It’s Very Personal
If my parents Named me Sue Smith, and I’ve never felt like I was a “Sue Smith”, I can file a Petition to Change my Name to whatever New Name that I think “is the real me”. Should I take a Name that speaks to where my family came from before America? Should I consider a Name that speaks to my faith? I could take the name of someone I greatly admire, from any age or place.
But what if I got named Reysnhzl Moodraqite, and I’m exhausted by having to spend half my life spelling and explaining my Name and I just want My Own Name that truly lets me “be Me”. I might want a Name that speaks to my personal California dreams. Maybe a New Name that sounds to me like the person I am and am becoming. I might want a New Name that sounds as bright and shiny as the future I see for myself.
Name Change Stories are still being written
Legal Name Change is a great American custom and, whether looking back or forward, I recommend it to anyone who has taken control of their life and is ready to take control of their name too. When you’re ready click here and start writing your own Great American Name Change Stories!”.