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It's late here but when I start thinking of something, I have to write it down, at least. Lately, I've been really considering changing my name. I do like my name but I feel like it's just so different from here in Russia. When I introduce myself to people and I tell them my name is Josie, they give me a side-eye and immediately ask where I'm from. I really want to assimilate to DH's culture. I've already converted to Eastern Orthodox, learned Russian, giving our child a Russian name, I just feel like changing my name is the next step. Alas, I'll definitely be talking to DH about this.
Wow, that seems like a big step to me. What would you change it to?
It is a big step! DH doesn't think it's something necessary I do but he does see why I would want to and has no problems helping me along. I'd probably change it to Natasha or Irina. I'm not sure if I'd need to add a patronym also.
You know, I'm not actually sure. My mom has always been a big believer in doing what you can to be happy in life and especially in a marriage but she doesn't really believe in assimilation. So it'll be interesting to see how she handles it. I doubt my sister will care.
I know everyone will still call me Josie, which I wouldn't mind. I just like the legal and social aspect of having a Russian name. And it's funny because I watched a history documentary today about Ellis Island and how a lot of immigrants had their names changed to be more 'Americanized'.
Personally I wouldn't. I would revel in the fact that people ask me where I'm from, even if you want to assimilate its important to stay connected to your roots because they are what made you the person you are.