In fact, when it comes to introducing myself, I usually cringe at the thought of telling someone my name. I actually get angry at my mom and dad when I think of them giving me such a shitty name. And to be clear, it is not a common name, and I certainly have caught wind of people insulting me because of my name. (of course school was a never ending taunt session) In fact, my girlfriend at the time came home crying once from a family outing she was at where one of her uncles said, "with a name like, ______ he has to be an idiot!" Seriously. Another girlfriend told me one of her friends said, "yeah, he really needs to do something about that name". It's not as bad as Homer, but it usually is a name given to dorks in movies, at least if you are white. Black guys and Mexicans are named it too sometimes, but that is different. I want to change it. But I am not sure what to. Most names bring up images of people I already know. I have no historical heroes, since they all had faults, and Lenin would just be too obvious. I love like Orion and shit, but that is just male-stripper-ish. I don't like my middle name either, its not bad, it just isn't me. But furthermore, I am always surprised, how do people go about changing their names? I know a few people who have done it. Have you ever doen it? how did your peers react to you announcing that you want to be called something different?