Poal: Change name, change profession, change both?

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  • Ditch the name for something more interesting.

    6 23.08%
  • Resign from the state bar and find a new job.

    3 11.54%
  • Lose the name and the job.

    7 26.92%
  • You're a intoxicationed assclownicus moreonicus.

    10 38.46%
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    Poal: Change name, change profession, change both?

    My name is Michael McMahon. My name is a dime a dozen. I had another Michael McMahon in my graduating high school class. Fortunately he went by his middle name so it wasn't a big thing. But I've met other Michael McMahons. There was another I used to deal with in a prior job. I'm also a lawyer, a profession that, like my name, is pretty common, especially in the US. Even more depressingly, a Goggle search shows loads of Michael McMahons who are attorneys. This is leading me to conclude that I need to: 1) change my name to something more unusual; b) change my occupation to something more unusal; or iii) change my name and occupation to something more unusual. When it comes to names, I'd like to stick with a Celtic feel but want it to be something over the top like Seamus Fearghal O'Finnegan. As far as a new line of work goes, I'm thinking about something really grimy like chimney sweep. I'd go with the high-button black coat and black top-hat and all. So, dear and trusted advisors, what say you? Name change? Job change? Change it all?

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    Name change.

    What's your father's name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex-in-Evanston
    Name change.

    What's your father's name?
    Dad has a monopoly on Ms: Murray Michael Mark McMahon.

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    Stud Muffin.............Either for a name change or career change...you choose
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    You must be able to own your own name as a .com domain.

    So if FirstNameLastName.com is taken, try again. I was lucky enough to get mine without having to change names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Einstruzende
    You must be able to own your own name as a .com domain.

    So if FirstNameLastName.com is taken, try again. I was lucky enough to get mine without having to change names.
    Some marketing fool has the domain name for Michael McMahon. Some real estate agent fool has the domain name for Mike McMahon. Can't a guy get a break?

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    I say change your name to Shane McGowan and become a Dentist
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    How about "Turd Ferguson, adult film actor?"

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    You just need a nickname that you can put in quotation marks in between Michael and McMahon and then change your name legally to include the nickname. There was a local politician in Baltimore whose father owned a bar called "American Joe's" So the politician adopted "American Joe" as his legal middle name. The board of elections was not happy about it, but that's how his name appeared on the ballot. He was elected to the House of Delegates (Maryland's equivalent of the California State Assembly), but lost in the Democratic primary for Governor back in the 1990s. So here are some ideas:

    Michael "Perry Mason" McMahon
    Michael "Atticus Finch" McMahon
    Michael "Cousin Vinny" McMahon

    Another favorite of mine from Maryland politics is "Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin." McKeldin was the last Republican to be elected to two terms as Governor (1950 and 1954) in Maryland, a very Democratic state. He also served a term as Mayor of Baltimore in the 1940s and another in the 1960s. He was a master at making whatever group he was addressing think that he was one of them. He was a Protestant with an Irish Catholic sounding name who wore a yarmulke more than most Jews. Maybe you need to ditch you first name and adopt the name of a popular politician. Like:

    Arnold Schwarzenegger McMahon

    Or, if you want some names that would have been appropriate around the time of your birrh (depending upon the politics of the type of clients that you want to attract).

    John F. Kennedy McMahon

    Richard M. Nixon McMahon.

    Then there is the thing where people put the term "Saint" as part of their given name such as John St. James Smith. Or, the various forms of St. James found in other languages (Santiago, Stanislas). You could keep your basic name, but just dress it up a little:

    St. Michael the Archangel McMahon.

    Finally, another Maryland-based solution: In the colonial era, there were several men (all relatives) with the name Charles Carroll. They appended various things to their name so that they could be distinguished, such as "Charles Carroll of Carrollton" (one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence) and "Charles Carroll the Barrister."

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    Quote Originally Posted by I am The Edge
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    Reminds me of the well-knowm Irish lovers Michael Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzmichael.

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    How about Brock landers? Thats kind of Celtic.
    S2H can be your partner Chest Rockwell.

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    Landers and Rockwell, Attorneys at Law.

    I like that.

    Also, you should have strippers for staff - like in the Rainmaker.

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    Change it to Theo Bos, I've always liked that name... Not too common either

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    Quit law and start a circus with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkcooper
    Quit law and start a circus with me.
    That's the best idea I've heard in a long time. If they had one of those smilie faces that was capable of expressing total seriousness, I'd use it right now. This is the closest one I can find to express my feeling about your circus proposal.

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    Try Mahon "Mickey-Mac" McMichael. It'll be easy to remember. As for occupation, either roustabout or tree-trimmer. Or maybe you could become a lovable rogue.
    Mapie is a conventional looking former Hollywood bon viveur, now leading a quiet life in a house made of wood by an isolated beach. He has cultivated a taste for culture, and is a celebrated raconteur amongst his local associates, who are artists, actors, and other leftfield/eccentric types. I imagine he has a telescope, and an unusual sculpture outside his front door. He is also a beach comber. The Rydster.

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    Have you thought about using a 'symbol' instead?

    "The lawyer formerly known as Michael McMahon".

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    I have a similar type of name-- I paid to be unlisted until I figured that having two full phonebook pages of my name- EXACT SPELLING- was even better. I could hide in plain site- for free. My solution: move out of the US. Here, my name is never spelled correctly-- both first and last are butchered. I have regained my uniqueness.

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    On the bright side

    you don't have this guy's name.
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    Lionel Hutz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_rydster
    Lionel Hutz?
    LH: Judge, I want a bad case thingy.

    Judge: You mean a mistrial?

    LH: Yea. That's why you're the judge and I'm the, uh, law talking guy.

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