Allusionist 88. Name Changers

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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.

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YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
xoanon

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CREDITS:

  • Thanks to all the listeners who told me about their name changes. This episode features a fraction of all their stories.

  • This episode was produced by me, with help from Eleanor McDowall and Martin Austwick, who also makes the music for the show. You can hear his songs under the name Pale Bird.

- HZ

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