I hope you all appreciate the sneaky Shakespeare reference, considering its relevancy. Not that anyone should need an excuse to quote Shakespeare.
I've already informed the other Project Leaders of this, and the members of the England Project as I've worked closest with them for the longest (almost three years!), but I know that I've collaborated with many of you over my years here and so I thought you all deserved to properly know that I've gone through the process (and cost...) of legally changing my name.
I filed the paperwork last week, but held off on really changing it on WikiTree or informing others until I was sure that the changes were proceeding, due to a minor issue with my ID. I've wanted to do this for a long time, but I figured that sooner rather than later would be best as I begin university in only a couple of months time.
There's no big, dramatic reason for this, nor is it a big, dramatic change. Formerly, I was legally Amy Rose - a name shortened from my father's first preference of Amethyst. As of this month, however, I am now Amelia Rosemarie :)
Amelia, because I wanted a way to change my name without causing too many questions or raised eyebrows in my family. This way, my family can still call me Amy, but I can go by other nicknames if I want. And, well...Rosemarie is just combining my middle name with my mother's, as a way to honour her without hyphenating a surname that confuses autocorrect enough as it is.
Of course, some of you couldn't care less, but I felt like you all deserved to know from me about what I've done, lest it cause any confusion. I hope that everyone has had a safe and happy holiday and that you're all keeping well in 2021!
Warmest, Kindest Kiwi Regards,