Wood'nCoal wrote: Note: Most authorities agree that the full birth name as recorded on your birth certificate is the name that must be used for all calculations involving name. Nicknames, changed names including marriage name changes do not dilute the importance of the name given to you by your parents.
I would agree.
That reminds me of a funny but true DEA "War" story: (this is not meant to be a racist remark/story but race has to be mentioned for it to make sense)
One night, we arrested a black man named Johnson &, in booking him we asked him the usual identifying info: Name, address,wife, children's names, etc
When we got to his children, he told us his 6 year old daughter's first name was pronounced Phamaliee
When we asked him how they picked a name like that & how to spell it, he said words to the effect: "We didn't pick it....when my wife & I went up to the nursery to see her, the hospital had already named her........The name tag on the incubator was F E M A L E
I swear this is A true story!!
(again, not meant as an ethnic slur but just meant to relay a humorous story & show one man's ignorance)