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Should You Go By Your Formal Name?

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If you grew up with a name like Bradley D. Wilde, you might have wondered if you should switch to a less formal name when you reached adulthood. To answer that, you should think about a few things: your professional history, your online presence, and your personal preference.

If you have a long professional history behind you already, changing your name from Bradley D. Wilde to B.D. Wilde or Brad Wilde, might not be the best decision. People who see your “new” name might get confused or you might not receive credit for your professional work up until this point.

If you have a strong online presence, meaning you have several online accounts, and they are all under Bradley D. Wilde, you might be stuck going by your formal name. However, if your online profiles are already under your nickname or informal name, you might have a chance to switch what you introduce yourself as.

Lastly, you should take into account your own personal preference. If you simply hate your name and choose to go by an informal name, you might be willing to deal with the consequences of switching your name late in life.

No matter the case, going from a formal name to an informal name might not be as light of a decision as you initially thought. Give this decision some more time and thought to be sure you aren’t undoing any hard work you might’ve put in up until this point in life.