I am debating legally changing my name to that of my stepfather who raised me, and thus share the same name with my half-brothers.
Long story short, I've never known my biological father, and the little interaction I've had has been negative. I am happy with this. He managed to fuck up my older brother in the brief time he was around. To sum up: biodad is currently spending his life, without the possibility of parole, in Huntsville prison, supermax-style for multiple murders, drugs, organized criminal activity and generally being a real P.O.S. My main interaction is him sending letters trying to work some sort of scam, wheedle his way into my life, or to fill his account.
It's a generic Anglo name, to boot, while my step-father's name is an Apache name, and I was born and raised on (and live next to) the reservation.
Somewhat complex, in that my wife would also have to change her name, as would our children and our adoptive children (biological kids of my deceased older brother, same POS dad).
I also live in a very small town and have a name widely known in my industry, so it would take a while to take effect, and probably not matter to those who actually know me. I regret not doing it when I was 18.
Is this stupid?