I've always wished I could change my first name. So many cute names out there to choose from and my parents strapped me with an old ladies name. I swear if one more person tells me "Oh that is my mothers name!" or "that is my Grandma's name!" I'm going to scream. It's so unfair. I don't know what they were thinking. Then to add insult to injury I got a horrible nickname to go with it that I couldn't get rid of until I was in my late 20's, and a ton of people still call me that. I got teased about my nickname as a kid for years. There is a reason why my actual cafemom screen name does not contain my name and I never put it on my posts. It sucks!!!
I'm a writer and use a pen name of my choosing. As a writer I want to always be known by that name, not my crappy "real" name. Maybe I'll just start using that name everywhere.
I've never told my parents this. In fact I've never told anyone this, except briefly to DH. Do you think it would hurt their feelings if I did? It's not like it would change anything.
My first name is Barbara. The nickname is Barbie. Ugh.
My Mom wanted to name me Babette but my Dad put his foot down. So I guess it could be worse. I wonder if my Mom was stoned from the hospital drugs. lol