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Why did you change your name? And why did you choose the name you chose?
Listeners answer these two questions. Hear their stories of gender identity, family fallouts, marriages, divorces, doxxing, cults, and…just not liking your given name very much.
This episode is part of Name Season here at the Allusionist. Hear previous episodes Yes, As In, about having a name that is more usually a noun or adjective; Name Therapy, about the issues people face with their names; and Name v. Law, about the Icelandic Naming Committee and a name change that took 25 years.
On the Boring Talks podcast: can you change your name to your existing name?
In Teen Vogue: how 16 trans people chose their names.
“Choose an old name. Walk around a cemetery reading the headstones.” Thanks for the name-choosing tips, Wikihow.
The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/name-changers.
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Thanks to all the listeners who told me about their name changes. This episode features a fraction of all their stories.