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  • Ever since I can remember I have just loved petticoats. My last name sake maybe. But naming myself Patti brings me so close to being petticoats I just love it. I'm even being called petticoats now as a nick name.
      September 4, 2007 11:28 AM BST
  • Sally - after a one time girl friend who typified femininity to me - and Nights after my favourite clothes. Together I feel they have rather a nice ring about them and sound quite genuine in relevant circumstances. For now this is what I am - see attached.
      September 4, 2007 9:23 PM BST
  • Kelly is a good name for ya.
      October 12, 2007 6:42 AM BST
  • hi girls,

    another twist on name-giving.I started out,like so many,on the basis of keeping the same initials re signatures and so on.BUT-I've never been happy with my surname which was a cause of shame,embarassment and a fair bit of piss-taking in school.On top of that,none of the possibilities with 'D' ever really appealed to me as a christian name.What I've done is this-my middle name was also my mother's maiden name and so serves perfectly acceptably as a surname-and my christian name (which is,incidentaly,depending upon the spelling,unisex/neutral)comes from my father's birthplace.There's nothing like keeping things in the family!

    All the best,Lynn Harvey

    "It ain't what you do,it's the way that you do it............and that's what gets results!"
      November 11, 2007 8:21 PM GMT
  • hi ....... I'm a new member, and this is my first post, so, seeing that it's about chosing your name, I thought it might be a good way to introduce myself to everyone, and say a little about myself.
    Sorry there's no images loaded yet ...... I haven't got any nice ones, but as soon as I have, I'll post them!

    So, how did I chose my name? ...............
    Well, the Angela part was just "always there" in my mind, from as far back as I can remember.
    I probably got it into my mind from a girl who lived in our street, when I was about 4 or 5 years old, and I was always a little envious of her, because she had the dresses and toys that I wanted, but couldn't have!
    The Louise part is a fairly recent choice.
    For some reason, as a boy, my parents didn't give me a middle name, so,when chosing my new name, I was determined to have one, but for a long time, I just couldn't decide on the right one!
    As I started my hormone treatment in August, I really had to get one decided on fairly soon, but every name I thought about just didn't seem to feel right for me. Then, over a period of about 10 days, a series of "coincidences" occured ......... I had meetings, dealings, correspondence, etc. with a number of people, who all seemed to have the name Louise in common! Also, one of my best girlfriends has Louise as her middle name! So, fate seemed to have given me "the sign" that louise just had to be my new middle name!
    And, just as a little bonus, I also really liked the name, as well!
    So that's how I became Angela Louise .......... in name at least.
    Whilst, inside, I've always been Angela, I recently, with the help and support of a couple of really good friends, made the decision that "inside" was not enough! The outside had to start to match the inside, so recently my journey began.
    What matter if I stand alone? I wait with joy the coming years; My heart shall reap where it has sown, And garner up it's fruit of tears.
      November 11, 2007 9:17 PM GMT
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    Hi Angela & welcome to TW!!
    You should post in the new members forum to let the girls know your here & meet you.
    I'm sure you'll injoy it here it's fun & very supportive.
    <p>Karen Brad</p>
      November 11, 2007 10:07 PM GMT
  • As Minako said, this one gets re-circulated every once in awhile, but it's still a great topic and one that always seem to draw people in. I chose my name, as Wendy did, when I first started becoming involved with groups like TW and needed a name for myself. I chose Joni as my first name because it belonged to very beautiful g-girl whom I admired. She pronounced it as though it were spelled "Johnny", but I don't, I pronounce it with a long "o". However that may give you a clue to my real first name. I chose Marie because it contains all the letters of my surname with a few of them left out, besides I've always liked the name, and I chose Cruz as my last name because it means "cross" in Spanish and reflects my heritage. Ta-da!

    I've thought recently of changing my name to something that sounds less like a dimunitive but so many people know me by that name, both in "real life", so to speak, and online in various groups and websites, that in some ways it has become more than an assumed name and seems more like my real actual name. Even if I'm in drab mode, if I hear the name Joni spoken aloud, I will turn around to see who's addressing me.<lol>

    And Kelly, if you don't mind my asking, what's wrong with the name you're curently using? Not that you can't change it if you want, of course. But Kelly, as a girl's first name, while somewhat unusual is not unheard of nor so out of the ordinary that it would be a problem. At least that's how it seems to me. Besides, I think it's cute.

    Hugs...Joni Marie
    "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde
      November 14, 2007 6:44 PM GMT
  • There was no urgency for me to change my name as my birth name is commonly perceived to be a girls name, so for a while I was happy to use Kimberley, though it never did seem quite right. Many years ago I was with some friends and one of them jokingly said if I were a car it would be a Porsche. And for a long time after, I was referred to as little Porsche, and I just changed the e to an a became Porscha and just grew into the name. Silly really. But I'm Porscha now and always.
      November 15, 2007 4:07 PM GMT
  • I think choosing the correct name can be an arduous process. But, as many others have said, given enough time, it kind of just comes to you. My middle name is Michael. So, I tried to use Michelle for a few years in my last RLE. Although I got used to it, it just didn't really feel right to me.

    I think your name should be an overall indicator of who you are as a person, almost a reflection if you will. I am a sort of passive and caring person. And that is how I came to the name I now use. You also may want to consider how the name appeals to your phenotype. Some names are better for brunettes, and some better for blondes, while others are better for auburn haired people. When you attune yourself to these realities when choosing names, you will come to better conclusions in the long run, many times. I also found it to be better when I chose a name with the same number of syllables in both my first, middle, and last name. It seems more natural to me.

    It also helps to have a vision of your femininity. Every woman develops some sort of personal style, related to clothing, and manner. Sometimes when you are just starting out, you may not know the kind of woman you will become. So, it's best to keep an open mind about your name, and don't be too hard on yourself should you decide that something else fits you better later on. After all, this is all about a voyage of self-discovery.

      November 28, 2007 2:55 PM GMT
  • My name was a gift to me from my SO many years ago. When I broke the ice with her and we started setting up our first intimate evening together she actually asked me what name I wanted to go by. It was decided that she would pick a name for me after she had a chance to she me dressed up. I couldn't imagine any better way to have it happen. I actually thought it would take her a while to come up with something and had an idea in the back of my head that she would have a couple of names to choose from, but it took her no time at all that first evening to say, "Ginger, that's it. What do think?" I was instantly awe struck with the name it absolutely fits me in every way.
      January 16, 2009 3:36 PM GMT
  • Hiya Ginger,
    That was really neat that your SO picked your name like that . I guess one of the Trans advantages is we get to pick our own names . I picked Michelle out as it was the title of my favorite print by Patrick Nagel. I have been a big fan of his artwork for a long time. Here is a link to the painting http://www.herndonfineart[...]lle.jpg.

    Many happy thoughts to all,

      January 17, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
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    My full name is Zoey Elizabeth Sloane. I changed all of my names including my last name. My former last name was German and was hard to pronounce. Since I was adopted, I chose to go with my biological last name.

    As far as my first name goes, I got it from a movie....."Killing Zoe". I was really drawn to the name, as much as Julie Delphy, the French actress in the movie. I saw myself as Zoey so that when the time came, there really was no discussion.

    Elizabeth was a combination of fortunate events and really good rhythm. I asked my mother what she would have named my sister if not Jennifer. She said Elizabeth. When I went over the whole name in my head, Elizabeth added a real since of rhythm to the name, Zo-ey E-liz-a-beth Sloane. 2-4-1 syllables. I love the flow of it.

    I'm proud of the name, as proud as the cute girl who has it!! *wink*

    I am the itch, after it was scratched.
      May 21, 2010 4:07 AM BST
  • I tried another name while I was not in-public but was thinking it didn't fit me and my age and then one day Rose popped in my head and it juts seemed that mysterious 'right' we mention.
      May 21, 2010 9:34 AM BST
  • hi Kelly
    I agree with those who say if it feels good, go with it, I have used four different names over the years, but my current is special. The only person I am out to is my girlfriend and when I came out to her, she picked my name for me. She is incredible, not only accepts me but encourages me to be "myself". The night I told her I showed her pics of me and she didn't believe it was me. Although I had gone out in public before I knew her, I never had the confidence that I have now and we shop together and have fun. She has put me in the position where I had to interact with people, while it was happening I wanted to kick her #%%, but afterward I thanked her for pushing me. The longest I have lived nonstop is two weeks and it was the best two weeks of my life, I am living a dream that I never thought was possible and I owe it all to her for pushing me. I love her very much.
    Briana Lynn
      July 29, 2010 1:45 AM BST
  • Asking my Mum when I was a kid what she would have named me if I'd been born a real girl.
    She said she liked the name "Janice" not for any particular reason, she just liked the name.
    So I've been Janis, (I changed it to the alternative version in my twenties. I thought it looked more "sophisticated"........ oh dear!) since about the age of eight, and that's who I am.
    A woman called Janis.
      July 29, 2010 8:15 AM BST
  • I picked Makena after a long search via name directories online.

    Makena means "The Happy One" and is an african name.
    this meaning of the name reflected my personality the most, something I found very important when picking a name.
    It also has a 3 syllables Ma-ke-na which I also found important. One day when I figured it out myself I'll explain hihihihi..
    I imagined my name being called out loud on the streets by friends I would meet.. and those meetings mostly are about shouting eachothers name.. smile widely and run towards eachother and have a warm tight hug... of all the names I tried out Makena was the best for this..

    My last name is from my father.. although I altered it a bit by deleting one letter as that was confusing to most english people. And it happens most of my friends are English or American.
    For my stage name i would use Makena Monk. I'm a singer and musician but foremost an artist. Meaning I sing and make music now but could easily swap to any other creative, artistic occupation. In other words as an artist I don't limit myself to just one creative field.

    I believe that you can find out if a name is you, by letting other people call you by this name a lot.. in whisper, normal and (happy) shouting mode and see how you feel by that.

    My 2 cents,



    To fulfill your dreams you first need to wake up.
      July 29, 2010 2:50 PM BST
  • I've thought about picking another name, maybe a more exotic sounding one. I was just lazy and simply added "andra" onto my real name.
      August 10, 2010 6:06 PM BST
  • I wasnt allowed to have my prefered name which was "miss tula does the hula in hawaii naked for fifty quid" because apparently you're not allowed to include country names in a deed poll. so I was forced to have my alternative with the surname of "ago" so I am now known to all my customers as Penny Ago.
    Just an ordinary girl finding her way in this strange life. - What will it take to get everyone to realise that everyone else is also a human being that deserves just as much respect? - How does someone tell their doctor they have hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia? - When I was a student I specialised in Alcopology. It always starts with Alco and always ends with pology. - Waiter! There's a hare in my rabbit pie!
      August 10, 2010 10:23 PM BST
  • I didn't put much thought into it. I had a major crush on a girl in high school named Lisa. I asked her out many times and she always said no. So I took her name instead lol. iwas going out by then and needed a name, since people were always asking what my name was, and first thought was Lisa. The first sylibal is also my male name.
    Later on I got to thinking I needed a middle name. i have no idea why I thought this, but I did. Now I did put some thought into my middle name. At first I went with Love, but after awhile I thought Lisa Love sounded too pornish.
    Around this time my Grandmother died, so out of respect, I guess i used her name. So now my name is Lisa Marie
      August 10, 2010 10:46 PM BST
  • So Katie Price aka "Jordan" could be breaking the law?
      August 10, 2010 10:48 PM BST
  • My name is pretty simple, it has the same number of syllables as what my guy name had. I don't think this is too strange but I sometimes talk to myself when I'm working away and I always refer to myself as "Marsh". The name is also age appropriate for someone growing up in the sixties. I've never considered any other name and when it came time for my legal name change, I just filled in the blanks without giving it a moments thought.
      August 10, 2010 11:22 PM BST
  • Hi Alexandra,

    If I'd done it your way, I'd be Alanna Jamie. Just doesn't have the right ring to my ears....

    <p><span style="color: #800080;">Girls will be boys and boys will be girls It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola Lo-lo-lo-lo Lola</span> - Ray Davies, The Kinks</p> <p><span style="color: #3366ff;">(S)he's a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction</span> - Kris Kristofferson</p>
      August 10, 2010 11:31 PM BST
  • I originally went by a different name when I was much younger, however a woman whom I knew shared the name and she had strong religious views and at the time so did I. Therefore I chose a different name which was Alison,which shared one of my initials. Would you believe though I was introduced the woman's sister and her name was Alison. :)
      August 11, 2010 12:13 AM BST
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    My name came naturally. I always hated my male name but when my sister suggested the female version 'Rae' I instantly loved it. With the added bonus people could still call me 'Ray' regardless - though I swear it sounds slightly different...
    My surname was just as straightforward. I wanted to link into my family name on the maternal side. Our Scottish name is 'Kelso' and 'Kelcou' is an early French variation - or even mispelling!
    As for my middle name, that came through homage to my favourite character from my favourite author. 'Rune' has featured in three Jeffrey Deaver novels.
    So, Miss Rae Rune Kelcou was born...
      August 11, 2010 12:18 AM BST
  • I used the same first letter "B" as the same as my male name so initials will be the same and "English" as my last name is only used online and is a play on my last name...........for security but use my real last name with Brenda most of the time...
      August 12, 2010 1:43 AM BST