Do you like your birth name? If you had the opportunity to change it, would you? What new name would you choose?
I have mixed feelings about my name.
It was pretty unpleasant being saddled with it, all four Biblical, Queenly, grandmotherly syllables of it, in my childhood. Nobody ever shortened it and I wasn't bold enough to insist on being called any nickname or shortened version; besides which, I hated 'Lizzie'.
Eventually, though, I realised I didn't mind 'Liz', and I actually rather liked 'Lizz'. It's taken a few years to get everyone around me to call me by it -- it's taken a few years for it to feel like my name
even to myself. But I'm here now, and in my own head I'm Lizz.
And yet, 'Elizabeth' is still there, still attached to me, and I still associate it with myself, even as I find it embarrassing and awful and difficult to say aloud. But you know, I think I'm gradually growing into it. I can imagine finding it less and less embarrassing as I get older. I don't mind 'Lizzie' now, either. Anyone can call me that, if they so desire.
My middle name is 'Ruth', and I have no strong feelings about it, positive or negative.
The only thing I dislike about my surname is the fact that it has two possible spellings. In England, people always add an 'e' onto the end, but mine is the Scottish spelling -- no 'e'. Even when I'm, like, booking a taxi or something, where I never get to see how the other person's spelt my name, I can feel
it being spelt wrong. There's no need for the 'e'! It serves no purpose!