1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
Yes. I changed my name when I married, but changed it back shortly after moving to Chicago. It was a symbolic thing for me, shedding off all traces of my marriage. I do anticipate changing it again within a few years though. *wink*
2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
Growing up, I hated my first name. Now, I don't mind it so much. I still don't really care for my middle name, but... I don't dislike it to the point where I want to change it.
3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
As skorzy said, I iz uneek! 'Lydia' comes from the biblical story of one of the Apostle Paul's converts. (She sold purple cloth, and I used to have this awesome book describing her conversion to Christianity. Titled Lydia, I don't know where it is or if I still have it.) I have no clue where my middle name came from; no family members have it. I think my parents just thought it was neat. I do kind of want to name my oldest daughter (should I have one) Alice, after my mother; she was named after HER grandmother, and I thought it'd be kinda neat to make it a tradition. We'll see. =)
4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
I really dislike names like 'Butch' or 'Bubba'. Other than that, I dislike people, not names. 'Nancy', 'Brandon', and 'Jennifer' have negative connotations to me. (Note: I love the name 'Brendan'.. both because Brendan Frazier is one of my favorite actors, and because it's my own beloved roho's name. =) )*
5. Is the analysis of your name at www.kabalarians.com accurate? How or how isn't it?
The first name of Lydia leads you to assume considerable responsibility and to prefer to work independently, without direction or interference from others because you have very definite ideas of your own. Your mind is quick to comprehend and you can be depended upon to do any job well. Because you tend to be somewhat of a perfectionist, you might insist on doing too many things yourself instead of delegating jobs to others who might do less satisfactory work. This name does make you quite direct and straight-to-the-point. Your verbal expression does not reflect your inner thoughts and feelings, and you often wonder why people react to what you say. The influence of this name does not promote the friendship that you desire or the relaxation and naturalness you should enjoy with people. It is a name that makes you far too practical and serious-minded, and makes it difficult for you to act with spontaneity.
I do agree with a great majority of what they said, but.. I have no problems putting myself in someone else's shoes and understanding how my words are seen by another person. I take a lot of care to be honest and truthful with people and still be tactful. I'm not always that successfull, but at least I try.
And that's it! Back to work I go!
* Note: Not everyone I've ever met with these names has left a negative impression with me. I've met quite a few nice folks. It's just that the negative people left a BIG impression. :P