I don't know about the legalities of changing your name, but I don't think you should do it just because some of us can't pronounce it!
Some? It’s more like 90% of people. The people who are familiar with the name are ones who are Polish or have met someone with that name before. It’s partially that they can’t pronounce it, but also that I have to waste time repeating my name over and over.
When I came to Canada, teachers automatically wrote my name as Martin. I have used that name up untill University, where then began using Marcin and pronounced it accordingly. “Marsin”. Professionally at work I am now referred and introduce myself as “Marsin”, I do not even attempt to introduce myself as “Marchin”.
Anywho, it’s all confusing to me right now and I need to think about this more. I know it would be a slap in the face to my parents. But I would just be changing to an English version of my name. I.e. Marc, Mark, Marcin, Martin all have the same meaning “war-like”, except have different origins.
There are plenty of people who hate their name so much they feel belittled in the eyes of others so want to change it. But changing your name legally from Marcin or Wojtek to a trendy western equivalent (for the benefit of others??)
It’s not to become trendy, it’s to make my life easier. My parents did not know they would live in Canada in the future, else they would probably given me an English name. If you have a child in an Enlish speaking country, would you give him a name of your heritage or where he would live? It makes communication with other people easier why do so many Chinese people change their names when they emigrate from China?
I think I'll have a better opportunity of becoming successful with an english name...
I think this is a crazy theory and I know it doesn't belong solely to you.
I feel similar to Goonie, as it does help in communication. People will understand your name right away without having to repeat yourself. PolskaDoll not quite sure what you are trying to say. Have you had trouble with people mispronouncing your name.
Hey and what about celebrities changing their names, why\what is that all about?