America is a free country, which many people emphasize through media and their actions. People are free regarding what they say, what they post on social media, what they wear, and even their names.
This is not a recent occurrence, many people have been changing their names in the US and other parts of the world, and it has been on the rise in recent years. So what prompts people to drop their birth names?
The most common reason is the purpose of names, identity. The fact is, you don’t choose your name; some people don’t like what they get.
This is even more common as people embrace LGBTQ values; more people are doing sex changes, so they change their names along with it to better recognize themselves.
Divorce cases are on the rise, and people change their names because of it. You wouldn’t want to keep using your ex’s name for years after you break up; this makes most divorcees change their names to start a new life.
Some minorities change their names to more ‘American sounding’ names to increase their opportunities. Some feel like having ethnic names could limit their chances of getting a job or other services; hence they change to more familiar names.
With all aspects in consideration, it always comes down to personal choice. People experience life, which shows them new things about themselves, so they change their names to better experience life on their terms.