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my name is similarly hard to pronounce/long. i would never change it. it is part of my identity. i also don't plan on changing it when i get married. that's me, though. if you are not seriously connected to your name like i am, maybe you should change it. plenty of doctors with long/confusing last names go by the initial.
 

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you'll probably just go by doc to your patients
 

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I recently looked into a related matter - not to shorten my surname, but to add my mother's maiden name to what is already a very common surname. After doing some research on my own, here are the logistical/financial issues that I uncovered (keep in mind that this applies to CA):
- need to file Petition for Change of Name at courthouse in the county that one resides, filing fee of $355
- if approved, judge signs Order to Show Cause for Change of Name and gives hearing date
- copy of Order to Show Cause must be published at least once a week for 4 successive weeks prior to date of hearing in country newspaper (my local newspaper said it'd cost roughly $380)
- if approved, Decree Changing Name is signed at time of hearing

After that, you can begin to change your passport, driver's license and car registration, social security card, voter's registration, bank accounts. If you own any property, additional appropriate changes need to be made. For some of these changes, there will be additional costs. Hope I got this right.
 

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That would be so lame. My last name is also Italian and hard to pronounce, but I would never change it for anything. EVER.
 

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Italian names FTW. Also have an italian surname but it is not lengthy. I say keep it.. it's unique. You can always just tell future patients to call you "Dr. B" or something like that. Not a huge deal :thumbup:
 

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This is silly. Keep your name unless it's Mussolini. Just tell your patients/staff/coworkers to call you an abbreviated version if they can't pronounce it.
 

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Change your last name to McDreamy...so they can call you Dr. McDreamy...

or on a more serious note: Dr. Roseti sounds goods to me.

Trust me, your last name isn't has half bad as my ugly last name.
 

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Change your last name to McDreamy...so they can call you Dr. McDreamy...

or on a more serious note: Dr. Roseti sounds goods to me.

Trust me, your last name isn't has half bad as my ugly last name.

are you going to be dr. poopsmith?
 

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I worked with a Dr Vuvetichich...all of us and his patients called him Dr Vee. It would be a lame, and costly reason to change a name because it was difficult for your patients.

PS: Someone once suggested that a certain 'Barack H Obama' should change his name so that voters could relate to him otherwise he stood no chance of getting elected to any political office...get my point???
 

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Nah you definitely need to keep your original last name. I know a guy who is combining he and his fiances last names into one "new" last name. Let's just say he got made fun of... a lot.
 

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If you want to change your name, do it. If you want to do it and keep your "identity", hyphenate. E.g. Rosetiarelli-Rose, or something like that. I see it a lot with DDS with ethnic names. Like, I know that "Dung" in vietnamese is a cool name and all, but in a crackerfied America, it's probably not on the top of the list.
 
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lol this reminds me. my first name is chinese.....its direct pronounciation in english leads people to believe i am a girl....which i am not....so i sort of feel your pain lol.
 

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I worked with a Dr Vuvetichich...all of us and his patients called him Dr Vee. It would be a lame, and costly reason to change a name because it was difficult for your patients.

PS: Someone once suggested that a certain 'Barack H Obama' should change his name so that voters could relate to him otherwise he stood no chance of getting elected to any political office...get my point???
Yup, that's what I was talking about as well. There are a good number of Russian doctors at my hospital with some difficult last names. THere is at least one we just call Dr. *Initial*.
 

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i know of a doctor with a difficult indian last name, who chooses to be called dr. firstname instead. 2 syllables vs 4 (i know 4 isn't nearly as long as yours, but it's a mouthful and i guess he's had enough people butcher it in his life lol).