Over the years many people have asked me about changing their birth names. Some of them just don’t like their names and others believe that they can change their destiny by changing their names. Married women take on their husband’s last name and others hyphenate their own last name to the husband’s last name. It can get very convoluted as people try to figure out what is the best direction to go to help themselves overcome either their bad luck or a need to take on a fresh identity. It is quite common to have people tell me they have spoken to some psychic or other numerologist who told them that all they have to do is add or subtract a letter to their name and voila, things will begin to improve in their lives. If only it were that easy.
First of all, it certainly is okay for you to change your name–as long as you have an intuitive sense that this name “feels” right to you. You can have many different names and some people do. Many people when they came from “the old country” had their names misspelled by customs officials and from that day forward they were legally someone else. Secondly, you can not lose your original blueprint in your birth name. You can hate it, never use it but it still sits there playing itself out in your life. If you are missing certain letters (represented by numbers such as A is a number one and B is a number 2 etc.) you still carry the karmic lessons indicated by those missing numbers. Your birth name is NOT created here on earth. It is created BEFORE birth and impressed upon your parents’ subconscious to give to you at birth. Sometimes it is not the parents who do this but a caretaker or even a group of people in the village. It comes through the subconscious. You actually named yourself.
The original full name tells you your destiny. If you have been adopted and had your name changed by the adopting parents, you are running on dual tracks–the original registered and the changed registered name. If the second name was never registered, it weakens it even more. When doing a session with adoptees, I sometimes must look at two different names to point out to the person perhaps two distinct personality traits and two distinct destinies. The trick is to be able to blend the two.
The last name is considered the inheritance of the person. It is always important to look at the tracing of the family history. You may have to go back several generations to see the pattern that is affecting your life. For example, the Irish had centuries (around 800 years) of colonization by the British. There was much starvation and the extreme example of the potato famine in the mid 1800’s brought a huge population of Irish to America. The common thread of this ancestry is depression, alcohol addiction, diabetes and a toughness that can withstand hardship. Chicago has been known to be a bastion of the Irish. At least is was until about 30 years ago. Chicago has also been known as a heavy drinking town and has the highest number of pubs per capital than any other major city in the United States. For females who carry this last name of the ancestry, it can represent a long history of strong, lonely women who had to withstand births and deaths of many of their children and an early death of their husbands. The letter “O” carried in the last name also can give the person the inheritance of diabetes or issues with sugar.
Moving right along, it is important to know that your destiny was chosen by you before birth and you can choose to fulfill it or not fulfill it. It doesn’t leave, however. It just sits waiting for you to activate it. Most people haven’t a clue about their names. They have no idea all the information sitting in plain sight. Your talents, your challenges, your personality, your motivation, your issues and your timing are all there to help you. You can run away from it but you can’t hide. It just goes with you. It wasn’t intended for you to love it or hate it. It was intended to fulfill your reasons to reincarnate here. Call yourself anything you like, change your name as many times as you like but remember, wherever you go, there you are.
You never lost your birth name. It is always working beneath whatever name you currently use.
I am considering deleting a letter from my current name. I learned as a child to spell my name incorrectly by adding an additional letter to it.
My current name is: Grisell
The name that appears on my birth certificate is spelled with just one L: Grisel
I have been through a lot in life and think that maybe by changing my name, my destiny would change for the best. Can you tell me if it is of good luck or not to return to your birth name?
I would suggest a private session to go over both names.
My name was changed at 14 years old by my sister who was like a mother figure to me but she was mainly a bully with me, telling me what to do, what to wear, what I could or couldn’t do. She heard a name in school from a girl that sounded like the name my mom called me at home and she told me that it’s my name and wrote it out. Being nieve and not a strong person I believed her. I went by that name…to make a long story short I legally changed it but my body and mind is reacting to the name change. I’m feeling very guilty about it. The time that it bothers me the most is when I’m in bed because my mind is always on my name. I’ve been suffering with this for over 7 years now. Have I made the wrong choice and should I change it back. Ps my birth name is my mothers name…is it possible that is the reason why I’m feeling a lot of guilt.
Thank you for writing Rohit. I continue to repeat that our names are created prior to birth and impressed upon the parent or caretaker to give to us at birth. It is a numerical blueprint that stays with you your entire life. Yes, you can change your name once you have arrived here. Particularly if you don’t like it or feel better using another name. You cannot lose this name and it will work itself out with you living with it no matter what other name or names you choose. It is a numerical formula. Once we learn that “God” is not man-based as it is now, we will grow beyond the religious and fear-based. The sacred, eternal and Divine is more than a religion or man-based platform. Humans have had in the past a “space” based God and a “time” based God. Currently it is man based. We will move on from this as well.
Firstly , all nos have a vibration and power , which has to be understood. Even numerologists do not have the depth to explain why a name number will make a difference. I totally disagree. A name when studied with the numbers and selected by the numbers as per your Life Path and Heart’s desire numbers it has the power to unlock options you cannot even dream of. The Life Path is what cannot be changed it is what you were born with,it is your DNA/ Blueprint, but you definitely can change your Expression Number and your Hearts desire number and how it interacts with your Life path. I am a Numerologist and I can show you the power of numbers and how it will unlock your life. RRG Bakshi ( +918699696681).
I wasn’t given my fathers name but my moms stepfathers last name instead. Which would be the name I should use?? My birth certificate shows moms stepdad.?
I disagree with some of your lines. Abram became Abraham and nothing about old name playing in background he actually becomes Abraham. Jacob became Isreal, Peter became strong pillar of the early church which was what the change signified. Once the soul have agreed with the Spirit through faith to change the name and is done, a new day has already come and the old has got behind. The new name is the original you, the old is all gone.
Sorry, I understand your thinking but can’t agree with it. The Soul knows what it is doing when it names the person. It can be chosen by picking a name out of a hat but it is still the Soul that chooses. Parents have even picked up the rhythm of a name by a baby’s heartbeat. You can be named after a family member but it is still the Soul’s choice. Yes, you can change it to whatever name you like later. But the registered birth name is never lost and is not an earth creation. When we are ready to take on a certain experience, we might change the name to accommodate a set of circumstances. Very common in the entertainment world. Underneath it all, and directing the journey, is the original blueprint.
We are here to experience free will choice and work with emotional energy. Best not to get too attached. As we enter the Age of Aquarius, we will look more to enlightened thinking. We move away from fear based and superstitious thinking which is part of the old Piscean Age and its religions.
Well what you are saying is legitimately heretical to any common knowledge about spiritual destiny. In the Bible for example, many were told it says by God or whatever to change a couple letters, add some letters, or change the name completely & then miracles would occur. The birth name is something we are given by strangers; it is not impressed upon the parents or created by the soul. Many parents pick a name out of a hat, name someone after the dad or grandfather. Some parents sell the right to name their child to sponsors.
You should really look into christening, which happens in many cultures including the “native Americans” where the true name is revealed later in life. In fact the entire purpose of baptism included this ritual.
We are not running on dual destinies; a name change is part of your destiny, so make it a good one. It signifies a major transformation, and if you do it as a joke or are arbitrarily, then you may not like what you reap.
Empowering response Julie
need to change for good.
want to chenge in my name a single word so that we feel better life
I always felt a sense of missing out on my true destiny. When i was born my parents were naming me Lenore and it even got reflected on my birth certificate but then my father change my name to LaVerne. My birth certificate x’s out Lenore and LaVerne was rewritten under it. Since my Mom was also called LaVerne (her real name was LaVera) to distinquish between us when we were called my father nicknamed me Vernie. So basically my name was change a third time (not legally but still changed) I always wonder what my life would have been like had they left my name as Lenore. I had a sense of fear always that because it was written on my birth certificate already and then changed, it cause my destiny to changed or made my life more difficult because of the dual destiny, if that is possible? Does anyone know the answer to this? If so I would appreciate any insight you could give me!! I have always felt that I was to do some other things or sensed my path was to be different but my name being changed and how I felt about the name hinder my ability as well as changed the course of my life because of it. Well again, if you could reply to this comment with any insight that would be great. Thanks for your time in reading.
Whether the name brings positive in the life or not depends upon what one is thinking about it. Once we feel that the new name brings in great value to our life, we better go with it. Belief is the root of every change we see in our life. There are many people who have seen the better life post name correction. Let us be positive. Thank you for the great post.
It must be true that the being coming in names themselves. I adopted a child from Russia and wanted to name her an old family name. For a few days I kept hearing a full name. When I asked what the name meant, I heard, “Go look it up”. The name meant strong, wise one. The day I had to submit the name to the agency I intended to use my family name instead I was woken up very early and directed to change the name back. I did and she is a strong one learning to be wise. Amazing!
Thanks Gail, I live in Australia and love reading your blog. I have studied a lot of numerology over the years and been blessed by a lot of inner meanings from spirit. I strongly agree Gail that we name ourselves, I believe that our name when in come into incarnation with is the name that encompasses all we need to work on in this life. The name on the birth certificate. I remember when my son was born, he was going to be Anthony, soon after his birth as I was holding him got a strong message, his name is Jonathon….Also my 4th son was going to be Matthew…..it didn’t feel right, so the name Joshua came a few days later, Joshua is on his birth certificate, thats his correct name. I too have had people ask about name changing but I believe the birth name is the correct one to use. I did this with a lady who was adopted soon after birth and had “2” names to work with. After working out the numerology for both the intuitive answer definitely was the first name given, not the adopted one. There are so many variables with numbers, so many different vibrations work together…..I do feel that if a person chooses to change the name new virbrations are added as well to the mix, the original name vibration is still there…..so there is a new set of numbers to work with as well as the original ones.Keep up the great work Gail. Kayce, saw the time posted was 444, the angel number!
I changed my first and last name when in my 30’s because I was told my name was like wearing lead boots. I totally agreed. In changing my name, and it took 6 months to find the right combo to go along with my birth chart, I have found it become easier than the first 30 years. If my birth name is playing in the background, and that certainly could be true I won’t discount that, at least I find that the new name soothes the heavy handed weight of those lead boots. I do believe one has to have someone who really is a professional and knowledgeable about the numbers to advise you if you do decide to change your name. There are just too many factors that play into that job for one to do willy nilly. You can set up more problems than you brought in if you don’t know what you are doing. I have had friends who have had readings done by Gail and were blown away by how right on she was. The person who did mine is not longer here as he has crossed over but I feel good about what was done.
That may be true, but at least we don’t have to have it rubbed in our faces every time we sign our names. I do look at that family stuff, have been for several decades, but on my own terms, in my own time. There’s a lot of power in my name at birth, but also a lot of devastation and heartbreak, like dominoes. I’d rather choose my own terms for looking at that trauma without having it triggered all the time, and am very happy using a new name that’s got a different kind — even more healing — of medicine associated with it than the one that’s in my last name from birth. Overall, I’m very happy with my new name, and it doesn’t trigger me with anguish, despair, sadness and, rage every time I write it. So it’s calmer and quieter inside my skin now.