Why I changed my name, twice

This is a copy of a chat with one of my friends about why I changed my name.

Paul, [13.09.16 11:23]
What did you gain by adopting a Dutch name – David van Beek?

Gene Roloff, [13.09.16 11:26]
I agreed to move to Holland so right before that and before my daughter was born I thought it would help me in two ways:

Gene Roloff, [13.09.16 11:27]
1. The Dutch people would accept me more/better with a Dutch name.
2. I was concerned about antisemitism in Holland.

Paul, [13.09.16 11:28]
Is Roloff Jewish?

Gene Roloff, [13.09.16 11:29]
Not so much, but much earlier I had changed my name to Solomon. David Solomon is very jewish.

Paul, [13.09.16 11:29]
Oh, I agree.

Paul, [13.09.16 11:29]
Why that name change?

Paul, [13.09.16 11:30]
Roloff sounds German or Slavic to me. Seems like that would work anywhere.

Gene Roloff, [13.09.16 11:33]
It is a complicated story, and involves some ideas that you would classify as “no evidence”. … I was in a confused state at the time. I didn’t like my name, so I just decided to change it to something I liked.

Gene Roloff, [13.09.16 11:36]
I wasn’t trying to avoid legal problems. It was just personal. I did it legally in the court.

Gene Roloff, [13.09.16 11:38]
I am still Gene Roloff, but to my GF and her relatives and friends, I am David. They can’t remember my surname most of the time

Gene Roloff, [13.09.16 11:41]
In the US it is a simple procedure. Cost me $30 the first time using a standard form. The clerk took the form to the judge and brought it back, signed and stamped. Took about 10 minutes. The second time in Texas, I used a standard form and read it to the judge. Took about 10 minutes.