As I'll probably will be moving to the US, I think about changing my name. Not rigorously, just adjusting my current name.
Rick is my given name, and 'van den Brink' as a whole, is my full Dutch last name, in the US it isn't uncommon that the 'voorvoegsels' as we call the 'van' and 'den' in Dutch are incorporated into one whole name.
Of course I did my research and found the most usual ways to 'Americanize' my last name, here are some options. Which one do you the think is the best?
- Rick van den Brink (current)62% (15)41% (7)54% (22)Vote
- Rick Van den Brink12% (3)6% (1)10% (4)Vote
- Rick Vanden Brink12% (3)24% (4)17% (7)Vote
- Rick VandenBrink4% (1)6% (1)5% (2)Vote
- Rick Vandenbrink10% (2)23% (4)14% (6)Vote
- Rick vandenBrink0% (0)0% (0)0% (0)Vote
Most Helpful Girl
DON'T DO IT... my mom's side did that and I hate that move. It was French and now it's English sounding. It was prettier and more interesting the way it was. It's kinda like ur losing apart of ur heritage eventually. My dad's family made the smart move and didn't change their's once they got off the boat, it's German/French... and sounds way more complicated than yours lol.1
Most Helpful Guy
Honestly, I wouldn't change it. I'm all for integrating yourself as a foreigner but names should be left untouched in my opinion. It's your name and thus part of you and your identity. You shouldn't feel urged to change it just because some people might be too stupid to pronounce or write it correctly. My girlfriend comes from another country and sometimes she gets very insecure when people in my country are too stupid to say her name correctly. In these situations, I always tell her: "It's not your fault. Just tell them how it's pronounced correctly. You shouldn't feel insecure about it. It's your name and you've got the right to expect people to learn how to say it".0