a name change request can come about simply because a person doesn't like his or her name as given at birth; perhaps they'd prefer something more unique than Britney or Ashley or something less unique than a homespun name that combined parents' names. In this same vein, people with names that could be embarrassing, especially if mispronounced or misspelt, may also seek name changes.
If a woman has taken her husband's name upon marriage, she may decide to reclaim her maiden name upon separation or divorce or take on an entirely new name.
It's becoming increasingly popular for a husband to take his wife's surname, the name change process is the same as for a wife taking her husband's surname upon marriage.
In the case of an absent father, a mother may wish to have a child's surname changed to hers; on the flip side, if a formerly absent father is now in the picture, a name change to the father's surname may also be desired.
To form a new one another popular trend with married or cohabiting couples is the creation of a new surname using parts of each partner's name or simply hyphenating the two last names for a brand new joint messed surname.
People with names that are identifiably "ethnic" sometimes request name changes for various reasons, including ease of pronunciation and spelling; on the other hand, some individuals would like to reclaim their ethnic heritage by returning to a surname that may have been lost over the years or by the adoption of a new one.
Transgender people often request name changes to reflect gender. Names can be changed to simply the masculine or feminine form of the current name or can be new names altogether.
Whether it's because of a recent religious conversion or simply to honour a person's religious deity, name changes for religious reasons are quite common; take, for example, Steve Kreuscher who changed his name to In God We Trust to honour the help God gave him during hard times.
Surname — same-sex partners they can choose to share a surname, which can be particularly convenient in financial or legal transactions.
Although some may consider it extreme to change your name to support a cause, name changes for political reasons are not unheard of. In the past 20 years, Christopher Garnett became KentuckyFriedCruelty.com, Brandi Valladolid became RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.