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Writer's Block

By Any Other Name

If you could rename yourself in real life, what would you choose, and why?

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  • Alexandra Herakai. It's the name I've been using the last several years, I'm happy with it, and if I was decently convinced I could get the Swedish patent and registration office to accept it I'd apply for it. I still want to but I keep putting it off since (among other things) it costs money I don't really have spare. Alexandra is my second first name (Swedish name laws are odd, more on that below) already, but I don't like my use-name much, so I'd like to get rid of that entirely. Swedish name laws split names up in three categories: First names: One or more person names. My mother has three. One of these will be a designated use-name; official documents will display such as eg. Anne Mary Elisabeth. Middle name: A single name, identical in construction to a last name, which you may take when you marry in order to keep both your and your partner's last name. Last name: Family name. Does what it says on the tin, really. The creation of new double-names (like Johnson-Smith) was blocked a number of years ago. If you get married and want to take on your partner's name while keeping your own, get a middle name registered.