As usual, I got the inspiration for this topic from a conversation I had recently - I was talking to a friend who told me she had a "real name" and a "really real name". This was nothing mysterious and intriguing - she hadn't ran away and secretly married the milkman or anything like that. She just said that her original name was "stout and traditional" whereas she wasn't that sort of person. So, I pose this question: Do you like your name? Even if you do, do you feel it "fits" you? For my part, I've nothing against my name - but I've often felt it isn't quite "me" - like most names, it was given to me when I was just born, so my parents had no idea as to my personality or anything else yet. Whereas Database, a name I naturally took for myself, seems to "fit" me better - even if just because I chose it... and I'm incredibly used to being called it these days. Although, speaking honestly, if I were to try and change my name, I wouldn't know what to change it to. Similarly, another thought I've had before is that people choose their own names - when born, they're given a name by their mother, but when they get old enough to choose - 10 or 11, for example - they choose either to keep their name or choose their own.