Banana asked my opinion for an English name she's adopting.
Before I give my take on it, I asked her back,
"Do you like that name?"
Let's just say she wanted people to "agree" with her choice.
I've known her as [Her Name]. I've been calling her that ever since. It won't be [Her English Name] the next time I see her. I didn't ask, but was wondering why she wants an English name for? For us friends? Or that handful of new people that she's going to meet in the future?
What is so special about having a foreign name? Even Malays and Indians have picked up this trend. I was given an English name at birth. And no, I'm not Christian. It is in all my identification documents. Lots of confusions to people that deals with forms, cheques, air tickets, "Name as in IC", "First Name / Last Name".
Whatever your name is, it gives people an impression of "I am who I am". Even it is the same to the friends of the person you are introducing the name to.
A name has an identity of its own.
To adopt a foreign name, tweaking the syllables of your actual name would be nice and relevant.