Way back when I was a teenager, I harbored desires to be in politics. I still to some, but not on the grandiose extent I did then. But I always figured my name sucked to be in politics. Philip Weiss just isn't a name that rolls off the tongue. It also doesn't have enough hard consonants in it for that. So I contemplated going by Andrew Weiss (my middle name) to get a foot up in politics. Never followed through on the politics or name change.
Edit: I forgot to put as a reason
in honor or admiration of someone Select other in that case. Also, if you select other, feel free to post a reply explaining your other.
Did you pick your own name, or was it inherited (from spouse, parents, or illiterate immigration agents)?
Do people generally know your legal name?
Do you want to be known by a different name than people currently know?
If you changed your name, why did you? Or why would you, if you want to be known by a different name?