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Besides ethnic pride and the discovery of roots, another reason for name changes, both given and surname, that I've encountered is numerology. In part one of this post on NAME CHANGES, I mentioned that it seems acceptable to change your name completely to have success in Hollywood. Well, believe it or not, some of those changes included the possibility that changing one's "numbers" would be good luck. Numerology is the study of how letters add up as numbers.
I've known people who take numerology seriously when naming their babies, naming a business, or renaming themselves, because they want a happier life. Imagine if you will growing up with a name that has felt truly impossible. You're wondering what your parents were thinking when they gave you that name. If you're really going to start over with a whole new name, why not take everything into consideration, even if it turns out there's nothing to it?
I've known artists and writers who have a career or "brand" name different from what's on their driver's license, and sometimes it's just so they can hide their other self and way of making money from a boss! (More difficult these days than ever to do.)
To me being able to make enough money and get past being in survival and subsistence and moving forward in your life is a great reason to change your name, and it doesn't imply that you're greedy, materialistic, or a jerk.
There's only one reason a name change is bad and wrong and that's when the intention is to hide criminal activity.
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