Hello, I would like to change my last name as it is too long and difficult to pronounce. I had approached the Standesamt for the same and was told that it was not possible to change the last name altogether but only simplify it by taking out alphabets. In my case this would be of little help. Does it make sense to go to court? My friend who was in a similar situation managed to get the last name changed without any hassles in Munich. I am wondering why is the same law intrepreted in different ways !!!