5 Reasons People Change Their Names

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Changing one’s name is something many people go through these days. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of dislike on the name-bearer’s part, but other times there is good reason to make the switch. Apart from changing a name after a marital status change, here are some other reasons people should consider changing their names:

  1. Names that sound like profanities or otherwise inappropriate things: Perhaps the most recent example in the news is Richard Handler—or as some like to call him, “Dick Handler”—who has recently been criticized for a ridiculously high incentive bonus. As a CEO of a big company, Dick might consider a name change to something that resembles profanity a bit less (like Moody’s CEO Raymond McDaniel).
  2. Names that no one can pronounce: Lots of people experience frustration when no one can spell or say their names correctly. Inquiries for a last name can take far too long because spelling out all twenty letters is confusing and time-consuming. Some people might feel embarrassment at an abnormally long last name as well, and the desire to “fit in” can sometimes result in a switch to something more mainstream sounding. Consider Jennifer Aniston, whose last name was originally Anastassakis.
  3. Names that are replaced with nicknames: Nicknames aren’t just for middle school kids—and sometimes when nicknames stick around for long enough, those who sport them fell they ought to legally change their names to what they are used to being called. Famous examples include Miley Cyrus (Destiny Hope Cyrus) and Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Johnson).
  4. Names that are too common: What would you do if your real name was John Doe? Probably change your name. John Smith and Jane Smith might do the same. Names that are overly common often leave people wanting something a bit more unique. For example, Portia de Rossi was born Amanda Rogers and Fergie’s given name is Stacey Ferguson.
  5. Names that are too well known: Especially for famous people, this one is huge. While a celebrity, author, professional athlete, or musician may use one name on “stage,” many use other names in their personal lives. This helps provide separation between work and personal life, but also provides an extra layer of security and privacy for their families.
Organizations Profiles

Moody’s Supports Women’s World Banking (WWB) Program

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Becoming an expert in microfinance is no easy feat, even if an individual has the resources to cover his or her education and training. Without resources, this task is extremely difficult. The Women’s World Banking Program (WWB) recognizes the obstacles women in difficult situations face in order to accomplish their goals. Microfinance is a career path that aims to help poor and near-poor households become self-sustaining and successful.The WWB provides micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses without access to banking services the financial support they need to succeed. Moody’s Corporation and CEO Ray McDaniel recognize the value that the WWB contributes to society and supports the organization.

To read more about the Women’s World Banking Program (WWB), click here!


Prominent People in Philanthropy: Raymond McDaniel

Moody's CEO Raymond McDaniel
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Raymond McDaniel is a heavy hitter in the world of philanthropy, if only because as CEO of Moody’s Corporation he is responsible for many of the decisions that the company makes in its corporate social philanthropy program.  However, he is quick to assure people who ask that,  while he may be in charge of the company, much of the support for the programs that Moody’s Corporation leads comes from the employees themselves.

“The apparatus that we have here for creating visibility around our programs, and that encourages employees to participate in the programs, works very well,” Raymond McDaniel explained to Leaders Online Magazine in an interview. “Our employees know that Moody’s is involved in it and that it’s a good thing to do. The participation levels are strong. So I very much support what we’re doing, but I don’t think I need to drive momentum behind this. We’ve already got momentum behind this.”

Read the rest of his profile here.