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Der Freitag Funf

1. Is the name you have now the same name that’s on your birth certificate? If not, what’s changed?

Yes, it is still the same.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?

I don’t think I would change it. I’m used to being called ‘Neil’ (or ‘Teil’ by some of my closer friends) and if someone started calling me something else I’d have no idea who they’d be talking to :). Unlike Ryan, I do like my middle name, but again, if people called me Richard, or Rich or Richy then I’d wonder who they were talking to. Interestingly my parents both use their middle names as opposed to their first names.

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)

My first name was chosen because no-one else in the family is called ‘Neil’ and my middle name because my (deceased) grandfather on my mother’s side was ‘Richard’. Brits tend not to do the whole William Henry Gates III thing like some Americans seem to do, probably because people would thing you were trying to act like the Queen. And yes, that is Bill Gates’ full name.
It was my parents who chose my name. They were also considering Eric and Thomas as my first name, apparently.

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?

Marianne and Marissa are both nice names, and the names of my parents’ and my own computers respectively. Ironically since naming my parents’ computer that I’ve met several really nice people with that name.
However, I don’t like overly pretentious names, particularly double-barrelled ones. If and when I have children, I’d want to call them something a little less ordinary, but if it was a long name, something that could be satisfactarily abbreviated. Oh, and I’d never call my kids Frodo, Gandalf or Kylie.

5. Is the analysis of your name at accurate? How or how isn’t it?

I actually did this in October last year, and the analysis was quite accurate. With my cousin and his wife expecting a baby any day now (the due date is Monday), the inevitable conversations about the rest of the family lead me to discover that I was actually born on my due date, so the part about being “…a stickler for detail, and very fussy and particular” rang true from the very start.
(Excuse my German)

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