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North Carolina law allows a person to petition the superior court for a change of name "for good cause shown." N.C. Stat. Section 101-2. The clerk must order the name change if he finds that there is good and sufficient reason for the change. There are no laws defining what constitutes good cause, but if you initially changed your name under duress, that may certainly qualify.
If you are not having any luck filing the application yourself, you should contact an attorney.
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If this is important to you, I definitely suggest seeing an attorney to help you out. It may be possible.
Best of luck to you.