Hey guys, I was wondering if you could share some stories about how you came to choose your name. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with it since I see it as a really important decision and commitment to make. I’d really enjoy reading other people’s experiences with this, and I’d like to add that I’m not seeking advice — just personal thoughts on the matter. Thanks :)
When I first started to transition I wanted my Mom to choose my new name but she wouldn’t so I just thought about names I liked. I wanted something that would still suit me as I got older. I knew that my Mom said she gave us names that were “normal names” but not common.
However after about two years of transition my Mom gave me permission to legally change my name. I asked her if she wanted a son named Keith and she said “it wouldn’t be my first choice.” I asked her what her first choice would be and she said she didn’t know. We talked for a bit about finding a name together.
She asked me if there were any other names I would consider going by. I said the only other one I liked was William (which had been my middle name) She liked the idea of me being named after her Dad and liked it better than Keith. So we made that decision.
I’m really glad about my name. I could have lived with Keith (I like it) but having my Mom have a say made it awesome.