I chose a new surname as well as feminine first name. My birth name is/was too masculine and my old surname was too strange. If anyone did a search on my old surname, they would find things I’d rather keep to myself. I have been outed by my siblings/family for years, but they only know me by either my birth name or an old feminine name I used to use. They are so transphobic!
I’ve been using this name for the last 6 years. I had used three other names before, also with different surnames since 1995. I chose this name (Meran) as it is European and used by both genders. Even though my heritage is German, I chose an Irish surname as well. Nothing in my name now points to anything close to my birth name. Not even the initials.