This one is going to sound a bit weird to non-Muslims, and in fact it was to me when I first heard it....Since coming to Oman I have had several people ask me if I am going to change my first name to a Muslim name. The concept somewhat baffles me, although I understand it's quite common, particularly for wives of Omanis. Why would anyone do that?! Is it going to make me a better Muslim? Of course not! Someone suggested it was because my name might be difficult for people to pronounce...well those that care will make an effort, I don't mind if it isn't pronounced in the Queen's accent.
It is a total contradiction to Omani culture as Omani people are fiercely proud of their names. Well, so am I. My parents gave me my name and I wont disrespect them by replacing it. After changing my religion and then moving abroad it may be a bit of a kick in the teeth!
Don't misunderstand me, nobody expects me to change my name, as I said it's common. It's just not for me. I was born Victoria and I shall die Victoria!