The WC – Would You Change Your Name?

February 4, 2014 12:00 pm · 37 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

If you had the same name as a notorious killer (Hitler, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, etc.), would you change your name, or would you keep it?

Talk about it….

I would keep my own name February 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

A person is defined by their character, (or at least they should be) not a name.

Spanky Fortuna February 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

If I were an NFL kicker with the Succup….

Spanky Fortuna February 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM


The Closer February 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I think I would change it . Something like Olive Garden would be less offensive.

Elwood February 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I would love to change my name to, Little Bo Peep.

Incognito February 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Interesting question… Since I’m not in that position, not sure. I do have a friend with the last name of Bundy, and is distantly related to the infamous Ted Bundy. Gets asked all the time if there is any relation. Perhaps that would get old.

Sure would make for a great conversation piece.

jtkatec February 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I’ve changed my name many times.

Once I was called Evileen, The Blue-Eyed-She-Devil. I really liked that name, but it was quite a mouthful.

That is what middle initials are for. February 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Why should you have to change your name. Just go by your middle name and avoid the hassle.

Ted K., Supermax February 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Nah… live forever.

Ed Gein
Ted Bundy
Eileen Wuornos
Keith Jesperson
Jeffrey Dahmer
Dorothea Puente
John Wayne Gacy
Gary Ridgway
Carl Watts
Tommy Lynn Sells

@ That is what middle initials are for February 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Then my name would be ” “. What kind of a name would ” ” be? LOL

nytemuvr February 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Had a friend in school with the name Seaman….If I were him I’d have changed it. I have 3 first names.

JW February 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Why would I do that? My real name is Justin Kanye Kardashian Beiber.

Cal February 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I get my hair cut by Scott Peterson here in Concord.
Trout, Bass, Fish, Hill and Mountain are the last names of some of my friends.

Don P - N. Concord February 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I’m thinking about changing to Michael Bolton.

Concord Guy February 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I know someone who, about 30 years ago, changed their surname from Gay to Gale.

Mr. Pink February 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I would but then we’d all be fighting over who’s gonna be Mr. Black, so I guess I’ll stick with Mr. Pink.

mr rogers February 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I might consider something like…..Potatoes O’Brian.

WC Boy February 4, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Hungry McButtabutt

Dorothy February 4, 2014 at 1:12 PM

If I had those kinds of names, guess I would. I sort of got used to the one I have but I do get tired of being asked about that little dog Toto…

Ancient Mariner February 4, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Actually this is a situation in which I find myself and, no, I’m not about to change my name.
Because of my infamous namesake, people pronounced and spelled my name correctly, at least for a few years.

Gargoyle Socks February 4, 2014 at 1:17 PM

No. I’d change my parents.

Killjoy February 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

When I was younger, my stepfather wanted to adopt us.
We were asked about it, and I told them no.
I also told them if he did adopt us, I would change my name back on my 18th birthday.

Other than that, no.

The Mamba February 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM

In the case of most serial killers, you could just drop the middle name and you’d be fine.

Linda Lovelace February 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Of course I would, Otherwise people would judge me before they even had a chance to meet me!!

anon February 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

No, Anon suits me.

Pyrrhus February 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Like most, I’d just go by my middle name. Now, if it was a last name that was unique in America like Hitler or Bin Laden, I would definitely change my last name. The hassle and judgement just wouldn’t be worth it.

VikingPrincess February 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Only to protect the innocent 😉

Mac February 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Maybe add a daddy to it…..

anonanonagain February 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I love my name. However, if I shared a name with a notorious killer, criminal, disgusting politician etc. I would definitely change it…….

Antler February 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I would change my name in a heartbeat to avoid hearing the same inane jokes, questions, or snide comments for the rest of my life.

JRConcord February 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

If you say Buster in front of my pronounced last name, it is quite amusing. 🙂

it's mE!! (original) February 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Na I pass for today

I might February 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

If it were someone really distasteful, and whenever people met me, or heard my name, or saw it, it brought that person to mind, I might change my name.

My sister married someone whose last name is used as a 4-letter word. Not b—- but about the same connotation. The kids were teased so nastily about it in school that they changed their last name, and I understand that. I can also understand not wanting to be questioned over and over whether one is related to the criminal. If it were a historical figure from centuries ago, I think that would be different. But, for example, if my name were Judas Iscariot – I would change it. At least to Jude Isaac.

Old Gringo February 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

No but I had to change my wife’s name to Adolph Hitler.

Mimi (original) February 5, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Having been married a few times, and having gone by nicknames several times, I’m down with changing my name whenever the mood suits me, so YES, I would DEFINITELY change my name if my moniker was the same as an infamous criminal!

Trevbo February 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I already changed my name once. I’m going to change it again. I am completely serious.

@ #36 February 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I have a cousin who was like you. Over the years I never did know what to call her so we settled on Cuz. Her fourth marriage seems to be the one that works.

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