I have never liked my name, for as long as I can remember. My real name is Andrew John Jones, and it's never really been mine.
Everywhere I go, there's always at least one other Andrew and at least one other Jones. Sometimes there's even another Andrew Jones to deal with. I don't even have a reasonable middle name to fall back on. So, for 25 odd years (I don't count the first 5 or 6 years) I've been wandering around with a name I haven't been able to say is mine and I hate it.
I did a little bit of investigation and it's not actually that hard to officially change name. There's a form to fill out, proof of ID to provide, and a fee. $86 for the actual name change, plus an additional $25 or so if you want a new birth certificate. That's it. The "hardest" part is then going to be propagating the change of name to all the other places that are going to want to know about it.
Two things currently holding me back.
Firstly will be trying to explain it to my parents. I'm not sure how they are going to take it, and I'm not sure how I'm going to explain to them why I feel it's necessary. I love my parents dearly, but sometimes they can be so set in their ways.
The second (and larger) problem is I'm not decided on what to change my name to. Two options come to mind. First it to keep the surname (maybe appease the parentals a bit) and just have a new first name, in which case I would probably go for Random Jones. Second option would be to start completely fresh, in which case I would probably go for a name I sort have been using for many years and use Halloran Elder. Of course there's also the middle names to consider. Two options again there. Firstly is have Andrew John as my middle names, keeping the link to who I was, or don't have "middle names" and just have the middle initials of A. J. with no actual names. I have a feeling that no matter what I change to I'm going to be AJ to a lot of people for a long while.
Of course, I could just drop the middle names entirely, and just have a first and last name. I'm not sure.
Anyone have an opinion?
Edit: One name I thought of was "Random J Person".