ok my cousin is 19 yrs old and male. his name is "Antoine" but most call him "Anton" and he prefers it like that cuz it's easy to spell. he says it's just annoying that he has to repronounce his name whenever somebody tries to say it, "Is Antonie there?", "Is Antown there?"...... "Just call me Anton!"
Would it be worth it for him to officially change it...? Because Anton and Antoine is from the same origin and sounds similar... But he still spells his name Antoine for registration documents and such... Could he just write Anton? And get away with it?
Also, I believe if someone has a name that is easy to pronounce, it will be beneficial in terms of career and job oppurtunities, as employers may prefer common-easy to pronounce names than foreign names.
Antoine is a really common french name though, but not very common in Australia.
He has no middle name. And he is half french (hence the name) half asian.