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>> No. 26250 Anonymous
16th March 2018
Friday 10:20 pm
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I've been thinking of changing my surname. I have a five syllable African surname that's an alphabet soup and completely unpronounceable by most Anglos. I can count the amount of people who've attempted to pronounce it and gotten a halfway decent approximation on one hand. It gets pretty tedious to have to constantly spell it out to people and to hear comments like "can I call you Mr. Firstname instead" or "I'm not even going to attempt to pronounce that!"

I used to think that changing your name was a pretty greasy thing to do, but the older I get, the more I think that if it makes life easier then I should just
go for it. But then I'm faced with the problem of coming up with a new surname to stick with for the rest of my life. Do I go for an English translation of my surname? Shorten it? Or just pick something at random that sounds good with my first name?
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>> No. 26251 Anonymous
16th March 2018
Friday 10:29 pm
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I'm guessing you're a Nigerialad.

Perhaps you could have a quintuple-barrelled surname, pronounced the same, just written out more clearly.
>> No. 26252 Anonymous
16th March 2018
Friday 10:40 pm
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No advice on the name I'm afraid, but I do have a bit of practical advice. Don't get diddled by companies offering deed poll services for an exorbitant fee. You can do it all yourself, it's piss easy and it's usually free. Full details at the link below.

>> No. 26253 Anonymous
16th March 2018
Friday 10:56 pm
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What an interesting thing to do - I would think that an English translation of your surname sounds like the right thing.

Or let us pick a random one.
>> No. 26256 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 12:04 am
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We have an African lad at work who has some completely impossible tribal name from his village back home. We call him John.

It didn't even occur to us for about a year that that might not be his real name.
>> No. 26257 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 12:29 am
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This might be more of an 80s-90s things but I knew people from everywhere from Bulgaria to Armenia who just called themselves 'Bob'. I guess it saved them a lot of hassle.
>> No. 26264 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 1:58 am
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I don't know what surname you have but I think the kind of people who struggle with it are just racists who can't be bothered to try. It's probably something a piece of piss like 'Okinowebe' or something, right?
>> No. 26266 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 2:16 am
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It is bound to be this - let's be honest. I can clearly remember the day I took the time to ask a Bulgarian guy at work how to pronounce his name correctly - its one of those faintly common names, but they pronounced and emphasise it in a completely different way than we would in the UK. Made all the difference to him.

Learn peoples names and how THEY say it.
>> No. 26270 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 4:27 am
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I can imagine. It happens less often these days put as a teenlad the "ch" in my surname used to get pronounced "sh" all of the time, that was irritating so what you must put up with I dread to think.

Personally I'd shorten it, keep that foreign flair without the tedium of hearing people who say things like "foreign flair" have to actually say the whole thing.


I thought Christianity confused all the Nigerians into calling their kids Champion Profit-Margins and such-like?
>> No. 26271 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 6:38 am
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My brother had a girlfriend called Alison in about 1990 when they were about 20, and she went to college and no one could remember anyone's name at first so she said "call me Bob" and stuck with it. She presented on their radio station as DJ Bob.
>> No. 26273 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 6:56 am
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>I thought Christianity confused all the Nigerians into calling their kids Champion Profit-Margins and such-like?

I know of an African couple who called their daughter Chlamydia because they thought it was such a beautiful word. They changed her name before she started school.
>> No. 26274 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 7:37 am
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I met a guy who did surveys for a living and he had to ask an old lady if she'd heard of Chlamydia and she said "Yes, but I don't think she should have married Charles."
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17th March 2018
Saturday 7:38 am
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>> No. 26276 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 8:00 am
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The Sci-Fi channel changed their name to Syfy and it means syphilis in Polish.
>> No. 26279 Anonymous
17th March 2018
Saturday 10:22 am
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I've worked with a lot of Romanian lads and it's amazing how far it goes just to know how to pronounce some of their words, and like you say, ask them how to get it right.

As for OP, I don't think there's any problem changing your name if that's what you really want to do, maybe keep your surname as your middle name or something? But honestly it should be on other people to be able to say it, not on you to change it to Smith.

Pula mea.

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