What an interesting question! From a young age I’ve always imagined/preferred myself as a girl. I’m sure that in the early years that girl didn’t have a name but, as I got older and the thoughts got more developed, my female name has always been Rachel. I’ve no idea where the name came from though? I don’t remember any ‘Rachels’ in my life (the name pre-dates Friends by a long way!) But, I remember getting in trouble with my parents when they discovered me playing computer games as a female character called Rachel and that annoyed and upset me, like they were trying to take a bit of me away; at that moment I think I realised that Rachel was important to me and I don’t think I will never change that part of my name.
My surname was made up on the spot much later when I needed to fill in a sponsorship form for a neighbour who knocked on my door when I was fully dressed. It’s stuck with me as it’s a perfectly servicable surname and over the years I’ve got used to using it.
I don’t have a middle name though… I will have to give that some thought 🙂