I think names can become an important part of a person's identity, certainly. I think if you have a name that doesn't suit you, that you are just not that name, then that is wrong. Often, parents choose whatever name is fashionable at the time, thus stamping you with the decade that you were born in, and little individuality. It not only sounds dated, but there are plenty more out there with the same name. So, you can't really be unique having that name, and most likely it doesn't suit you. Personally, I like Victorian names popular from the 1870s through the teens of the 20th century. My name, Grace was popular from the 1870s through the '20s. I like to have a name from that era, although when I was born ( the '80s), it wasn't used. It has been in the past six/seven years more. I also like foreign names sometimes, especially Russian names despite having no family background there. I don't much like Russian male names, but I like Russian female ones. Irina is much more elegant than Irene to me. Often these days, parents try to be too trendy naming their children, although the full effects of this is never known until those children have to dal with the issue in adulthood.