What if I told you my name but it wasn't technically my name?
July 8, 2010 10:04 PM Subscribe
I'm 23. In a few months I will be moving to a different state to start a new chapter of my life. I would like a clean break with my past. Would it be socially acceptable to rename myself (first and last) and to introduce myself to people using my new name without any caveat or footnote? My legal name will not change. Would you feel betrayed or deceived if you were my acquaintance/friend/lover and eventually found out my name was actually something completely different? Let's assume marriage is out of the question and that I am not doing this to hide any youthful indiscretions. Is it ill advised to compartmentalize one's life in such a way?