Would you call them by the new version of their name? Would whether or not you called them by this new name depend on how well or how long you knew them? Would you judge/make fun of them for it? Would any of your answers change if that friend or family member had recently gone through significant changes in their life/lifestyle/appearance?
I ask because I'm considering changing what I get called and am vaguely worried I'll be mocked mercilessly.
<i>Edited to clarify: My full name is Gerardine. I hate it. It's stupid and old-fashioned and everyone gets it wrong and thinks it's Geraldine. I've gone by Ged my entire life but I don't particularly like it much and everyone always mishears/mispells it (Jen/Jess/Jet) Also, it's a boy's name and I'm vaguely sick of the jokes. When I was 8 years old I wanted to legally change my name to Kate when I grew up, but later decided that I didn't want a name that ordinary (no offense meant to any Kate's out there, but when you grow up as Gerardine, everything seems pretty common in comparison). A few years ago I came across a Gerardine who shortened her name to Radha. I really, really like it and have been thinking about going with that nickname from now on.</i>