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Is This Nickname Workable, or Weird?

My name is Maria Alejandra, which is Spanish. I'm studying abroad, and nobody can pronounce my full name. I go by Maria for now, but there are about 20 of us and it gets quite confusing. I want to start going by "Malendra." It's a play on both my names and I like the sound of it. However, after doing some searching I've realized that that's a name commonly used by Indian men. Do you think it would be weird if I took it as my name?

–Need to Shed Some Syllables

Making a contraction of a name starting with Maria is a time-honored tradition: Maria Teresa becomes Maite, or Maria Soledad is known as Marisol. So your nickname idea makes a lot of sense.

It's also smart to have some cross-cultural sensitivity about names. If you had invented the name Aditya for yourself, I'd caution that it is a familiar, and hugely popular, name among Indian men and boys.

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