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Need advice on name change (from English to Polish)


Emilia 3 | 3
20 Jul 2012  #1
I was given an english name, Emily, and I am seriously contemplating legally changing it to Emilia. I have always wanted my first name to be written in polish. (I know Emilia is not only a polish name but is also an Italian and Spanish name) I don't care if I am called Emily, Em, etc. but i want my papers to have Emilia as my name. Am i crazy/stupid for wanting to do this? I have always despised the fact that I was given an english name.
Slavicaleks 8 | 98
20 Jul 2012  #2
I think you should just keep the name that you were born with
but you should do what you want but if i were you i would think about it for a good year or so.
Hipis - | 227
20 Jul 2012  #3
No, not at all. If you'd be happier calling yourself Emilia and you want to make it official then go ahead.
Meathead 5 | 470
22 Jul 2012  #4
Move to Poland first, than change your name.
Mister H 10 | 759
1 Sep 2012  #5
I have always despised the fact that I was given an english name.

What would your parents think ?

What's your nationality and where do you plan to live your life ?
Bieganski 17 | 901
1 Sep 2012  #6
Am i crazy/stupid for wanting to do this?

Changing your first name to the Polish variation is commendable. You shouldn't be forced or shamed into carrying someone else's heritage around. If you are saddled with any other non-Polish names then by all means change those as well. And you don't have move to Poland first either in order to earn some unwritten right to change your name back to something Polish. Look at all the many different names and often absurd spellings used by other people for themselves and their children all around the world especially in places like America, Canada, Australia and Britain. You want something traditional which honors your Polish heritage. Nothing wrong with that at all. Just check to see what if any legal paperwork needs to be processed in the region where you live. Do it right away if you haven't started already.

Others here on PF are forever screaming about the need for "multiculturalism" so by all means go ahead and nail your Polish colors to the mast!
delphiandomine 83 | 17,531
1 Sep 2012  #7
Am i crazy/stupid for wanting to do this? I have always despised the fact that I was given an english name.

Your call, it's your name :)

(Emilia is nicer than Emily, if you ask me...)
Richfilth 6 | 415
1 Sep 2012  #8
I can't see the name Emilia without thinking of a certain type of paint...
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
2 Sep 2012  #9
I just think of that factory in Schindlers list.....
(yeah,I know,a letter out,sue me....)
Szlachcic - | 36
2 Sep 2012  #10
Am i crazy/stupid for wanting to do this? I

3 words:

NOT AT ALL.

Polish pride is always #1, baby!!
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,449
2 Sep 2012  #11
One Pol-Am I know was baptised Chester by parents who erroneously beleived it to be the English equivalenty of Czesław. After he achieved the age of majroity he legally changed it to Czesław.

Incidentally the correct lingustic equivalent of Czesław is Ceslaus, although is rarely found in practice.


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