I've always thought Paul was a bad name. It has a soft sound, and is decidedly too common to give its bearer any name-based memorability. Although you can certainly find many cool people who hold the name Paul: Paul Newman, Paul Thomas Anderson, some guys in the bible, Paul Gasghoine. Oh shit no, strike that last one. (Brits ). I'd never actually legally change my name, but I would willingly spend the odd minute here and there, fantasizing about a life which is underpinned by a different, cooler name. e.g. Max Power ala The Simpsons. "Max Power does not abbreviate." Some more cool names that might be cool: Aurora Borialis (if I were female) Rock Hardens Jake Bullet (for Red Dwarf fans) Johnny McClane Hanson Solo So, what do you all think of your names? Any others you'd prefer?