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Radar7:
I feel like I'm slowly working my way up to legally changing my name, but I start getting second thoughts, like what if I find something that suits me better, or I want to change my name to something else. A few things that make me think this way is:

1) If I use my current chosen name, my initials will have alliteration (LL).
2) Does it sound okay? Both my chosen first and last name are 4 letters. However my chosen first name is 2 syllables, my last name is one.
3) My dad has a very similar middle name (the "unshortened" form (W)).
4) I've been using this name for over 2 years, and have kind of gotten used to it, despite continuing to look. My therapist and a few friends all call me this name as well, so if I do change it and go with something else, that's that many more people to re-tell.
5) I believe it's currently the number one most popular name in the US right now.
6) I feel a bit guilty for choosing something very different from my given name. Do I chose something more similar, not necessarily an alternative, but perhaps using the same initials?

Cassie23:
If you’re still on the lookout for one maybe that’s for a reason? My partner and I bounced so many off each other and eventually found one that felt like home for each of us. Now when I hear a name I like I don’t envy it I just admire it.


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Jaymilynn:
It’s funny that I’ve had the name Jennifer Lynn picked out since I was very young but when I decided to transition I changed it up. For 2 reasons. First my male name was James so I thought it would be easier for friends and family to transition to calling me Jaymi. Second, I just really like the name. My wife actually chose the spelling. I love it and feel so comfortable using it. You need to be comfortable completely with what ever name you choose to go with. Good luck sister.

Jaymi Lynn

Vicente:
I do believe it doesn't have to "sound" or "look" ok as long as you resonate with it.

Honestly didn't wanted to go through the hassle of thinking about it, and a bazillion years ago I asked my mother what name she would have given to a boy and she said was Rodolfo. That sounds terrible for me. Shortly after I decided for Vicente Carlos as it is somewhat close to my given compound name (just because I wanted something familiar) and even though it doesn't sound that fancy (probably Gabriel instead of Carlos would sound better), I feel cozy with it. Feel is a keyword here. Probably most parents don't overthink names either, they choose some, look at the baby and go "this!".

There will always be different names that you'll like more, but these won't belong to you. I particularly love Gabriel, Enzo, Ariel, Dominic, Samuel and so on, but these ain't my name, Vicente is.
No name will ever feel perfect, it just has to feel like home.

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