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What's in a Name? The name-change debate.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo more than anyone else understood best the weight his family name carried and the struggles that came along with it.
Now, you are probably wondering where I’m going with this article, quoting Shakespeare and getting all philosophical. So let me ask the same question aloud once again.
What’s in a name?
For me, my name is everything. It is my Identity. And when I say my “name” I mean both my given name and my family name (surname).  It is my name that first links me to my tribe – my parents and my sisters. For years the four of us were known as the Dias Sisters. I wore that name tag as a badge of honour. I was proud to be part of that clan. My name was one of the first few words that I learned to write; I boarded my first flight with that name; I graduated with that name; I earned my first pay cheque with that name, and most importantly my husband fell in love with ME, with that very name.
I still rem…

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