April 9 is National Name Yourself Day

Step into the light all you folks who have secretly (or not so secretively) wished for a different name! Now there’s a day where we all can change our names. April 9 is designated as the national Name Yourself Day! Even Facebook has a page (or two) in honor of this celebratory event.

Now people like Tony Haryn, columnist for North Jersey, can put aside his animosity for his name, and try out a new one for a day. In a recent article Mr. Haryn commented how he’s never liked his name but hasn’t felt comfortable actually changing it either.

There are more people who fall into this name-loathing category than we realize. It’s a similar theme that’s behind the whole Starbucks Name Game as well. You know, where people go to Starbucks and give the barista a name other than their own? It’s a chance to have a different name – even if only for a few minutes.

However, most people who don’t like their name fear the social ramifications or the legal hassles of actually changing it. I think there are advantages to overcoming these fears; it adds a sense of bravado and courage to your life. I mean, that’s what the word “courage” means—the ability to do something that frightens you.

Well, now’s your chance to throw a dash of courage in your life in a rather painless sort of way. People who want to slip on a different name for awhile, can use this national Name Yourself Day as a great excuse to give something else a try. So tell me, what name will you pick for the day?

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7 Responses to April 9 is National Name Yourself Day

  1. Hi Marly,

    I love the idea of name day! As someone who has been public about my intense dislike of my name, I will change to Allison on this day. I’m also thinking of using a stage last name as a musician once I’m legaly changed to Allison and will probbly use Allison Avery. I’m thinking about doing a podcast on the legal process to change my name. You inspire me that you changed yours, hopefully my fear fear won’t hold me back. Have a great day.


    • I love alliteration in names. Allison Avery has a nice ring to it. Hope you have a great Name Yourself Day!

  2. I hated my name as a kid, it was to long and no one could pronounce it and now I love how unique it is. But I’ll use the 9th to finally have a short easy name, now to find the perfect name ..

    • I think Ed is a name that’s often overlooked. It’s short too. What do you think?

  3. I love Ed, it was my grandfather’s name. Nice, short simple. No way of getting mispronounced.

  4. Svetlana Sonday

    My birthday is on National Name Yourself Day! I’ll need to think of a good name for myself on this day when it comes!

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