Hi Traci… or whatever name you wish to be known as!
You are indeed starting a new life so it’s only right to start with a new identity. I was named after my biological father… a name I’ve despised my entire life until now. My mother wanted Stewart as my forename so I have chosen that as my surname. My middle name has been in my mother’s female line going back many generations so that was a ‘no-brainer’. For my chosen name… well, it’s in honour of my wife who is the real deal when it come to being a Pollyanna! So… Polly it is!
All my parents are dead both biological and step so a name change was not only timely but… well, necessary!