(ok, so maybe not my whole life story...)
1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
Yes, but it's not the name that was on my first birth certificate.
[flashback] I was born in my parent's bedroom in 1980. The midwife asked my mom what name to put on the birth certificate. My mom said: Ry. The midwife said, "oh no, that's too odd. just make it Ryan and you can call him Ry. it's better to have a normal name." My mother, in post birth euphoria said "yeah yeah, whatever. bugger off." So my official name was Ryan. psht.
when I was about 13, I found out that my name was officially Ryan. I was pissed. so we went to the courthouse, filled out the appropriate papers, and came home and had a renaming cake.
mm... cake. (bad ry, focus!)
so now my birth certificate says, as it should, Ry.
2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
when I was... 10ish, i decided that my name should be:
Rhinoceros Strohm Pear.
I liked pears.
I'm content with my name for the time being. Strohm-Herman is awful unweildy though. I am Ry, that won't change. but the last name very well might, I just need to come up with something worthy.
3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
My parents named me that because they liked the sound of the name.
The musician Ry Cooder gave them the inspiration for the spelling, rather than Rye as they had been thinking.
If I were a girl I would have been named Brie.
I think my parents were hungry at that point in their lives. >_<
4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
I've always liked the name Jake, and I've only ever met one Jake who lived up to the name.
There's a million others, mostly odd ones, that i like, but that's the one that stands out in my head, and the only mainstream name on the list.
Oh, and Loki, but I don't think you could really name a person that. heh.
As for hating, Donnie. it's the stupidest name in the world.
pick a name, I have an opinion of it. (male or female or neutral) I could pick out male names because I've thought about them more in a personal sense, can't really single out female names.
Names are one of the few linguistic things that I really invest much in. most words are just words to me, methods of conveying information. But names... names are so much more. and it's all about personal associations. I hate the name Jenny, kind of like Jennifer, and really like Jen.
5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com accurate? How or how isn't it?
parts are, parts aren't. about par for the course for astrology, etc. generalize enough and anyone can see themselves in it.
The name of Ry gives you a clever, quick, analytical mind, but you suffer with a great deal of self-consciousness, lack of confidence, and much aloneness because of misunderstandings. Your idealistic and sensitive nature gives you a deep appreciation for the finer things of life and a strong desire to be of service to humanity. There are times when you experience inner turbulence at your inability to say what you mean. It is far easier for you to express your deeper thoughts and feelings through writing than verbally. You find pleasure in literature, in poetry, and in your ideals and will turn to them when you feel you have been misunderstood. You are deeply moved by the beauties of life, especially nature. Because your feelings run deep, you must guard against the ups and downs, being very inspired one minute, then moody, reserved, and depressed the next. Your reactions to people vary according to how you feel. You tend to be secretive and noncommittal about private matters, yet at times you will talk effusively in order to hide your self-consciousness or to lead others away from personal subjects. You are inspired by encouragement from others, yet suspicious of their intent. You crave affection but seldom find anyone who understands your nature.