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
- Atherton (Menlo Park? No)
- Melina Kanakaredes
- Hermione (although I like this less because of Harry Potter)
- Lila (as in Delila)
- Sunday Rose
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 😉