Ever considered changing your first name?

McKenzie is a lovely name. One of my best friends (incidentally 1st generation Irish woman) is named Margaret. We all call her Maggie.

And she's one of the best people I know. So it's a great name choice as well.

But don't change your name. McKenzie is unique.
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I won't ever change my first, middle, or last name.
But I've never gone by my first name. Not because I don't like it, I do. But my parents called me by a nickname from the day I was born and it suits me. My nickname is on my bank account and some credit cards, etc. Only strangers or telemarketers call me by my real name.
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I've thought of changing my name too but the problem is that I don't know what I'd change it too. I've always hated my name. I hate the way it sounds. I'm also not keen on my middle name either. Sorry I'm not telling you what it is. I'll tell you that it's of Italian origin. It's a little uncommon. When I was younger I'd get really mad when I looked for those trinkits like key chains and things with your name on it, but I could never find my name.
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When I was little I didn't like my first name. I wanted it to be Erica. Now I love my first name. I'm not even sure why I didn't like it to begin with. I'm not crazy about my last name, though. If you don't speak Portuguese it's almost impossible to pronounce correctly. I have thought of dropping it and just using my middle name (which is technically a last name, anyway) if I don't change it through marriage.
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I legally changed my first name when I was 18. I didn't change it to a completely different name, but to the nickname that I have gone by since birth. It was not a nickname like dan is to daniel, maggie is to margaret, it was a different name. I was just got danged tired of explaining to people no, I dont go by name x, I go by name y. My former legal name was just not me, and I shuttered when anyone referred to me by it. First days of school were a little dampered by my name issues (I also had a difficult last name).
It never felt right to put my nickname on important documents, especially when they specified that a legal name must be put down. So when I got to college and all by professors were calling me by my legal name, I didn't bother to tell them that I went by a nickname, I just decided it was the last straw and that I was changing it.
i never really liked my name all that much... it think its kind of plain.
if i were to change my name, id have to think of something i really really like. but, i have no idea what!
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I used to desperately want to change my first name because I didn't know anyone with it and no one ever pronounced it correctly, even though it is NOT difficult to pronounce. I wanted a 'normal' name or a common name. I dreamed of being a Jessica or a Jennifer or an Ashley. Sometimes I'd write my name as that on things just messing around. I can recall that I wanted to be called "Jessica Nicole" for a really long time.

Now I love my name (obviously since I always use it online as well - or maybe that's because I'm not creative :P). It's very "me" and I could not imagine having a different name.
Not that I remember..I am sure as a kid,I thought it was too plain or something,but now-I LOVE my name
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My name is Soni = pronounced like SONY TV I was made fun of all the time because of that name. Now EVERYONE loves my name and so do I ..Its different and cute. I hate when people mispronounce my name and call me..

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Oh and I LOVE your real name...
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It never crossed my mind that MacKenzie was a childish name. I always thought it was a cool, fun name.

I can see how it would bother you that it is gaining in popularity among new babies, because so is my name, and it probably doesn't have the cache (?) it used to have.

I know you are going through a rough time, so changing your name now might not be the best idea. You could regret your decision, and want to return to it later.
Like many of you, I didn't like my name very much. It is a pretty common name but with a different spelling so it was pronounced a little differently than the more common name. I hated going to a new class and having the teacher mispronounce my name during roll call, and then I would have to speak up and correct him/her. I found it embarrasing.

Now I love my name, and wish it was still as unique as it was before, but now it's becoming a more and more common name, esp. among Latinos.
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I'd like to correct my middle name. It's a typo/misunderstanding on my birth certificate. I'd like to have it corrected.
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Nope, i love my name. Clarissa Elise. Never even thought of changing it.

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Yup. But now I just want to add a middle name cuz I don't have one. I want to add Rose, after my grandma. Plus, I think it goes well with my first name
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Yeah, well not seriously because it would be too much work trying to get everyone to call me by a new name (some relatives still refer to me by my nickname from when I was 5), but I have definitely considered it. Even my parents did, lol. My mom won the name battle when I was born but when I was a teenager she decided that my dads idea was better, and they were both pretty supportive of me changing it. Oh well, at least it's still my middle name.
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Nope, i love my name. Clarissa Elise. Never even thought of changing it.

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Originally Posted by DepressedCurls
That's such a lovely name!
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Yes, my first name is a very, very bad fit with my maiden name. I should have switched to using my middle name when I went to college, but I decided to room with a girl from my hometown, which would have made that more difficult. I did change my last name when I got married, which eliminated the whole problem.
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Do u want to change your name because you are being called kenzie or you don't like mckenzie at all? if it's because people insist on calling you kenzie and u want to be called "mcKenzie" start correcting them. Say I prefer McKenzie, if u don't like Mckenzie at all, change your name, and start correcting people, don't worry about what other people think, I was pinned with a nickname that I hated and preferred my real name, My parents insisted on the nickname, and quite frankly didn't respect my wishes. I didn't start correcting people until my 30's, Now I hear the nickname once in awhile but I politely say, I prefer my real name. People should respect want others want to be called regardless if it's parents, family members or friends etc. It may take some patientence on your part, but your real friends will support you and I'm sure the curlies here will be supportive as well. I hope I read your post right, and good luck to you!
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I need to correct my middle name. It's a birth certificate typo.
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