Choosing Your Name

Here is an article about a transgender man's experience choosing a new name for himself that I think you'll find interesting.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2013/04/a_transgender_man_chooses_his_new_name_after_making_a_life_change.html

Edit: Full article can be read here!

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April 13, 2013 10:17 PM

Thanks for posting! I really enjoyed it a lot. It was sweet and relatable and very interesting.

At the end of the slate article, though, there was a link to the complete version on another site. It had some good parts that weren't in the edited version, including stuff that we talk about regularly around here.

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April 14, 2013 6:10 PM

How did I not see that link? Thanks, the additional stuff was also really interesting.

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April 15, 2013 12:21 PM

Great article! I love his grandmothers' sisters' names (Maude, Hazel, and Myrtle), but found myself upset that he hadn't included the other two names.

What an interesting naming dilemma. As far as I know, I only know one transgendered person, who went from Ted to Teddy. I'm not sure if she considered other names or just took the easiest route of feminizing the name she already had.

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April 15, 2013 12:25 PM

A paragraph from the full article that was cut out in the abridged version: (You get middle names, too!)

"I’ve always been interested in names. A few years ago, my grandma wanted help finding some of our family history using the Internet. I was fascinated by what I found and ended up spending the entire summer researching our family tree. But nothing I found—not Ralph Waldo Emerson’s place on one of the branches, not ancestors who came over on the Mayflower—was as interesting to me as the names of my great-grandmother and the other four Emerson sisters: Hazel Ruth, Grace Pearl, Gladys Rose, Maude Daisy, and—my personal favorite—Myrtle Fern."

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April 15, 2013 6:16 PM

I love those names! They're clunky and graceful all at the same time. 

This was a fascinating blog/article. Reminded me of the book, "The Namesake" for some reason.