National Name Yourself Day

National Name Yourself Day is observed next on Wednesday, April 9th, 2025 (259 days from today).

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National Name Yourself Day is an annual celebration on April 9 every year in order to give you a chance to try a new name for a day. Take your own time and think about which name suits you and is better than your own. Therefore, National Name Yourself Day is a perfect day to give yourself a new name for the day.

History of National Name Yourself Day

National Name Yourself Day is a holiday that anyone can give themselves a different name. It's a particularly joyful holiday for those who don't like their name, but anyone can celebrate it. According to some sources, a person's name can only be changed for one day. However, others say it can be changed permanently.

There are many reasons for changing their names, marriage and divorce being the most common. Some people change their names because they want to hide something. While a legal name change cannot be done to evade law enforcement or debt, some people change their name just to get a fresh start. Transgender people can change it after switching to the new gender. Some change their name so it sounds less "ethnic", or to make it easier for others to pronounce. On the contrary, some also claim back that they were changed in the past.

Besides not being able to legally change names to evade law enforcement or avoid paying bills, there are other rules that must be followed. In most cases, it is not allowed to change a person's name to that of a famous person, as that is considered misleading. The name cannot be renamed to digits or punctuation. The trademarked name also may not be used, nor may anything offensive or obscene be used.

Changing a person's name is a process: paperwork is filled out and it can include going to court. An attorney is not required, but sometimes there are legal fees. Each state has different regulations on changing a person's name, and costs range from less than $100 to over $1,000.

Legal documents such as marriage certificate, divorce decree or court petition must be obtained first. Name change petitions typically cost between $100 and $200. Forms are filled out and taken to the court clerk, judge, or magistrate who will review them and authorize the name change. Many states do not require petitions, but many financial and government agencies do.

Once legal documentation is obtained, an application must be filed with government agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Internal Revenue Service. After that, the name change should be noted for businesses such as banks, credit card companies and utility companies. The post office should also be receive the information.

People change both their first and last names, legally and informally, and for a multitude of reasons. On National Name Yourself Day, any of these routes can be used to change a person's name. While there are different rules about changing your name if you make it permanent, if you just change your name for the day, you can change it to whatever you want!

Reasons for National Name Yourself Day being important

  • Know your identity

It's just a game, but it can be so much more. Choosing for yourself a new name may be a form of expression that allows you to discover something about your personality. If you are too shy, a new name might allow you to be more outgoing, and if you're too outgoing, you can try being more reflective with a studious name.

  • It's never too late to reinvent

After a while, many people become stuck and stop looking for something new about themselves. The truth about life is that things change and so do we. Innovation gives us the opportunity to grow and become a better version of ourselves, while realizing the positive things about our personality.

  • It gives you a choice

There are so many things that we cannot control, even our names. Most likely, your parents picked out your name, and your opinion does not fit the equation at all. This gives you a chance to rewrite history and see what it is like on the other side

How to celebrate National Name Yourself Day

  • Change your name at work

Does work ever seem monotonous? Change your name to something you have always liked and ask your co-workers to call you that. How about going to a coffee shop and give them another new name and see how the emotions change. Maybe you will like it or perhaps it will bring you a new respect for your birth name.

  • Other action

Choose your favorite actor or character from a movie or book and take out their name and personality to shoot. Challenge your friends to a game and see who has the best impression and who can stay on character the longest. This is a great acting exercise and you will see how well others can play the guessing game.

  • Name someone else

Invite a friend to celebrate National Name Day yourself and create names for each other. Maybe it will be something poignant and meaningful that reveals something about their true personality or maybe it is something funny that makes people look at them strangely when they hear it. The power is yours.


National Name Yourself Day has been observed annually on April 9th.


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