Our expert says:
How am I today ? Among God's Frozen People, thanks.
Interesting question. The HOW of changing one's name is of course a legal question, but I understand your reasons for thinking of doing this. And apart from the legalities, I suppose you'd need to have a long think about how many people, and who, you would need to inform of the change, and get dozens of copies of the legal paperwork to get new ID's, credit cards, bank accounts whatever. But those are practicalities.
I think you may have to "advertise the change" only in the sense of an advert in the Government Gazette ( anyone else find it ridiculous that the Law assumes that everyone in the country reads this, every issue ) --- and maybe one local paper, though also in a section nobody reads excelt for a handful of people who really desperately need to get themselves a life.
I'd think the more important is that you are working with a good ( hopefully a CBT type ) counsellor to detoxify your current name, so that it carries none of the bad memories of the past --- other people may have made it a bad name when and where it applied to them, but you have made, and are making, it a good name as it applies to you. This would be worth doing, even if you DO go ahead and change your names, to ensure that the bad feelings and bitterness don't linger to attach in any way to your new names.
Choose the names that avoid bad echoes for you, and which will feel comfortable with you, preferably having some happy connotations.
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