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Question: Should I anglicize my last name!?
My last name is Nowak!. Now, in Polish, the way it is pronounced is Novak!. I have read that many people have changed the spelling to make their lives easier!. Since I am a minor, I really don't have a choice now, but when I am 18, do you think it would be worth the hassle to change my last name to Novak!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker:
I understand why some people change or amend their surnames!. I'm 46 years old and experienced some difficulties when I was at school because of my surname being so different but it made me stronger in the long-run!. Although I was born here and consider myself to be British, I am also very very proud of my Polish roots!.
Everyone is different and cope with certain problems in their own way but I'm sure your life will get "easier" as you get a bit older!. Anyone who gives you hassle because of your name are not worth knowing!.
Take care
Gerry Makarewicz Www@QuestionHome@Com

I'll say this, if you have an unusual last name, it makes you easier to find on google!. I like the fact that when you google my name, you just find me, not me and a million other people!. Sure, you'll have to teach people how to pronounce it, but by keeping the original spelling, you'll always know when a telemarketer is calling you!Www@QuestionHome@Com

Its up to you!. If people mispronounce it all the time and it bothers you, then I would!. If it was me, I think it would be worth the hassle to change it and have people pronounce my name correctly!. Www@QuestionHome@Com

It's really a hassle and is all up to you but I just deal with it I have a funny last name too!. its mispronounced too, (German) but you just have expect to hear it wrong!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

No of course you shouldn't!. Why are anglicized names so important !? The answer, They are not ! Your name is a fine name and you should be proud of it!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

It is nobody's business but yours!. It is how you feel about it not other people's opinion!.Www@QuestionHome@Com