Whats in a name, second thoughts

New name for a new woman?

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    Traci Lynn

    Hello and thanks for reading my question.


    My dead name was Tracyee Lynn, I went by Trace all my life as I hated my name. Yes thanks Mom for giving your son not just one, but two androgenous names. Upon starting transition, I decided to change the spelling but embrace my name.

    For me transitioning meant learning and accepting my new pronouns, at group support meeting I always introduce myself as Traci, and give the pronouns he becoming she. I just came out to my family, they live far from me. But after telling them about my transition I realized that I am not he becoming she. He is gone, there is only she. No matter what stage of transition she is in.

    So that made me think more, maybe she needs a new birth name and not a vestage from his. Does anyone have an opinion about that line of comptemplation, or do you think reinventing and embracing a name I never liked as a man may be fitting now?

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    • #87178
      Cindy Reborne


      My name is because when I was very young my sister use to dress me up like a girl. She called me Cindy. I guess she was right all along. With my transition ,it seemed like a logical choice. Since this is like a renaissance of sorts. I chose Cindy Reborne, because it is who I am from now on.

    • #85734
      Abigail Majors


      I was given the name Andrew at birth. I always hated it, and once I discovered that I was trans, I jumped at the opprotunity to change it.

      Admittedly, I got a handful of good friends to try names that I thought I’d prefer, like getting a new dog. Each couple of hours, we’d change what name I was trying, before settling on Abigail (Abby)

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    • #85728
      Meran Berwyck


      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.

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    • #85395
      Anne Preuss


      I chose a new given name and a new family name.  For a given name I chose Anne just b/c I enjoyed the sound of it and the image it projected for me…a proper, loving, dignified woman.  For a new family name, I chose Preuss b/c it is Prussian (that is Germanic…not “Russian”) since I am primarily of Prussian heritage.  I’ll bet my Prussian ancestors are rolling in their graves now about me.  🙂  Anyway, my point is that you should give careful consideration to what you choose…if you don’t like your present given name, then by all means change it to something you will like and enjoy telling to everyone.   “Hi.  My name is….”

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    • #84895
      Melanie Penson


      I chose Melanie after a woman who I lived with for a short time in the early 1990s. Although I hadn’t decided to transition back then, I have always had very strong feminine tendencies. She understood and we had many a long girly chat over wine and pizza. She let me borrow some of her clothes too.
      I wanted to break away completely from my old male life but I don’t feel I can change my surname so as not to offend my family. I don’t want them thinking I am abandoning them.

      When I eventually get my gender recognition ceryificate, I’ll change my name legally on my driving licence, cards and everything else. I’m striding forward as Melanie, female, and looking forward to my new life.

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    • #84158
      Claire D


      If you don’t like the name, you don’t like the name. Have you asked your parents what they might’ve named you had you been AFAB?

    • #83481
      Jessica Ray


      Isn’t it lovely to be able to change your own name. Jessica was chosen by me and my partner chose Scarlett. It’s true your chosen names mean something so choose wisely. In any case Love to all reading

      Jessica Scarlett.

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    • #83372
      Marianne Tornander


      There was no way to feminize either of my given names into a useful name so I had to come up with a fresh one. In my teenages I read a Swedish youth novel named Peter’s baby about a 15 year old boy becoming a father while still in school and deciding to fix his troublesome life and raise his daughter Lena alone in spite of parents and social workers wanting him to leave her off for adoption. The mother of the girl was named Marianne. Soon after giving birth she gave up the child and moved away to start anew. I often thought about her reasons and actions doing so and the name stuck in my memory. For many years I had no need for a name for my inside girl or female twin as I sometimes thought of her,  but once I let her out and try her own wings I understood she would sooner or later be questioned for her name. Thinking about alternatives, I came to think about Marianne and suddenly realized that apart from the initial consonant, it sounded quite close to my given name, without being in any way related. Coming to Sweden from France in the 18th century it has gained a steady popularity and can easily be found in any age group. Common enough not to trigger questions yet rare enough to suit a very special woman.

      For a second name to go with it I didn’t had to go far to find another very special woman in my life – my maternal grandmother Ellen. Of all persons, I believe she may have understood me most. I will never know for sure though,  as she died years before I set Marianne free.

      Ellen Marianne Tornander


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    • #83231

      I picked Brittany Ryan because I’ve  always loved Brittany Spears and wanted to look like her. And Ryan is in part of my dead name. Which isn’t exactly completely dead I I have to use it at work for now. But I can’t wait until it’s my only name.

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    • #83052
      Aria Bash


      I’ve loved music all my life.  I especially enjoyed the discipline of “Choral” type but also quartet too.  So, when I finally decided to feminize my name….   a couple of choices came up and I liked the sound and spelling of Aria… (pronounced R – E  – ah ).  So my hobby and life long love will stay and give me some peace of mind.

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