Suppose your full legal name is Dick Jack Gaylord Bonar, and the only people who ever loved it were your parents and bullies. You have options. You can go by something else, like “DJ” or “DB” or “Derek” or “Jake” or “Reese” or “Ric” or “Gareth” or “Slade” or “Brody” or “Jonathan.” The list could go on... but pick something you like, and that’s easy for you to respond to. If you already have a good nickname, why not go by that instead? Perhaps your parents are understanding, and will allow you to go by your mother’s maiden name of “Jones.” Suddenly, you could be “Jacob Richard Jones” or “JR Jones,” both of which sound less like the punch line of a dirty joke.
Here’s a link on how to legally change your name: