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I'm curious if there is readily available historic data for how many times (maybe also broken out by what percentage of holders, as a measure of dissatisfaction?) specific names were changed year by year in history, and associated reason if known. I'm thinking that someone might be perfectly happy with their name, and then along comes some unpopular politician or infamous celebrity, and everyone is either asking if there's a connection or making jokes (hopefully nothing more abusive). Of course more people are affected if the name isn't a rare one. It seems like I heard something about an awful president that was impeached after the civil war leading to a bunch of name changes, but I'm not having any luck finding details. Aside from seeing that kind of database, it would also be useful to see one for names being considered, and the reasons people have given them up, or would want to avoid them in the past. It would not be fun to have a new name turn out to mean constipated one or some some horrific character in another culture. I never knew an attorney was required to change a name. Or am I making an incorrect assumption?
Thanks - WJ