I am just wondering what if any are requirements for changing my last name to Kaur? Do I require to do Amrit before I can? After all, those born into the Sikh faith already have that as their last name (or Singh for boys) without needing to do Amrit prior to. I have reached the point where I know deep within my heart that this is my path. I do plan to do Amrit but not for a couple of years. I just feel like I should be a 'Kaur'. But how would people perceive me if I did? Would that be seen as pretentious? Would Punjabi Sikhs see Amrit as a requirement before I could change my name (kind of as 'proof' to them that I am serious)? I am drawing on a post on here awhile back where it was mentioned that certain things like anand Karaj in a Gurdwara would be barred for someone who was not Punjabi, or didn't have the last name 'Kaur' or 'Singh' ---- I am not trying to reference Anand Karaj specifically but to the attitude to non Punjabi Sikhs in general, but would changing my name make me somehow seen as more Sikh to those who share those viewpoints? Or would it maybe be off-putting to Punjabi Sikhs who might see me as a 'wannabe' or something? For the record, I am very serious about Sikhi.... I do naam simran, listen to nitnem every day (and read along... because I don't know Gurmukhi or Punjabi yet). I try to do seva whenever possible, try to give to charities, and see everyone in the world as ONE. I get a feeling when in the Gurdwara that I never got anywhere before. And I have been going regularly for a year now... nearly every week (and sometimes more often if there is samagam, vaisakhi program, diwali etc) And I just feel a longing to be a 'Kaur' instead of a 'McDonald' which doesn't really feel like 'me' anymore. I can't explain it... I actually feel more Kaur than McDonald (which is my real last name btw). Just wondering your thoughts on this... I hope the subject has not been broached before... I did do a search admin ji... nothing came up so if there is, I apologize wholeheartedly.