Kirsten Uhler

Kirsten UhlerPetition Granted and Ordered
Kirsten Uhler, Cogitations, May 2, 2009

Kirsten changed her name from Jan Kirsten Danley to Kirsten Uhler. I had been encouraging her to change her last name for a long time. She initially resisted the suggestion because Danley is easier to pronounce than her birth name, Uhler (yoo-ler). When she began researching the history and significance of women changing their name at marriage, the decision to jettison Danley and assume Uhler was swift and final.

She also took the opportunity to legally drop her first name, Jan.

When I watched her stand before the probate judge and raise her right hand to swear the oath I was filled with pride. Kirsten’s courage and resoluteness are extraordinary. When the judge ordered the change we were both ecstatic and filled with emotion.

3 Comment

  1. Yoo-ler? Rhymes with Ferris Bueller?

    Wouldn’t it be Oohler? I presume it’s, like, German.

  2. @Steven Pam Maybe it would be, but it isn’t.

  3. @Brent Danley – You’re sweet. :-) I’m so glad I did this. Changing my name has significantly affected my attitude and self-perception.

    @Steven Pam – Yes, it is German. I got teased a lot while I was growing up by people saying to me “Bueller…Bueller…”

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