Anywho, I digress …

Loosely based on what might have happened. Or not.

Names are just labels. Or not.

Posted by episode81 on December 8, 2010

I have mentioned before my thoughts on selecting a new name for myself, but I got sidetracked by a list of words I like.  I have collected quite a few favorite words now.  Once you start thinking about it, they pop up all over the place.

Anywho, I digress …

Why change my name?  I have never been particularly attached to my name – first and last, no middle.  When I got married, I changed my last name just because the old one was a pain, and a less joke-inducing one made life more convenient.  It got me thinking about what I would pick if I changed it again.  Going back to the old one?  Not so much.

I like my first name, but I could give myself a middle name and a new last name.  Names I like :

  • Anika Noni Rose
  • Persephone
  • Atherton (Menlo Park? No)
  • Melina Kanakaredes
  • Hermione (although I like this less because of Harry Potter)
  • Avalon
  • Lila (as in Delila)
  • Amonette
  • Arenal
  • Marisol
  • Sunday Rose
  • Maharani

I like the way they sound 🙂

I searched on metafilter for inspiration and came across a post that had lots of good ideas and a few warnings.

That is how I discovered the fabulous Crescent Dragonwagon.  Yes, really.  Crescent Dragonwagon – it bears repeating.  Crescent changed her name in the 60’s – no surprises there – and sort of does/doesn’t mind her name now in the cold light of 40 years later.

Captain Awesome is an altogether sadder-sounding person.

A suggestion from metafilter is to consider names that have some personal meaning.  Thus, I came up with the following surname suggestions:

After much thought, I will probably never change my name.  Why?  It’s just a label.  After changing it when I got married and then changing country, labels seem unimportant and frequently distracting.

Perhaps I should change it to Human Being?

Hell no!  I haven’t been in California that long 😉


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