If you were to change your name what would it be?

As you know, I got myself a puppy November 30’13. She is a Schnoodle — Schnauzer x Poodle — and as cute as can be. She might weigh in at five pounds now, at almost five months of age. I will try to post a new picture of her in a later post.

When I introduced her to you I told you her name is Minnie.  You can read about it here. Well, this darlin’ little puppy has had many names. When I got her she was named Bianca — the breeder told me that was just so she had a name, probably for identifying purposes and vet visits. I went through many names to find the one for her, and settled on Minnie. Minnie described her but the name did not sit on my heart.

I enrolled her in obedience classes as planned, scheduled to begin January 19. Finally, on January 15, I changed her name to one that felt right. I know, a crazy time to do it just before obedience classes, and I was concerned she would not be responding to her new name by then, but she picked it up right away. Oh, I should tell you that her name now is Meyya, pronounced meh ya, but we say it may ya. It is Swahili, and in English it’s Mary. Meyya means independent, strong, wise, responsible. I’m not sure how that translates for a dog, but little Meyya is smart, quick to catch on, and is enjoying obedience classes. She obeys the commands Sit, Down (which is to lie down), Come (coming when her name is called … usually, especially if she thinks there is a treat for her), and other things we are working on.

Now for my question: If you were to change YOUR name, what would it be? I am thinking about that very thing now. When I was a wee young child I used to think about having a different name, but I couldn’t decide what I would want to be called forever. That’s my problem now, too, so what I am still considering is finding a pen name, just for my writing, and maybe go from there. Maybe.

Now I ask you again, have you ever thought about changing your name? Or perhaps you did make that brave move. Why or why not?

And I have asked this question before, have you chosen a pen name for yourself? Why or why not?

These are legitimate questions, so I hope you will leave a reply. It may help me decide in my own quest.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

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14 responses to “If you were to change your name what would it be?

  1. I didn’t like my name when I was very young and wished I could change it to Shirley. Sometimes I pretended my name was Shirley Dale. I used it as a pen name for a short time when I was a young adult. Later I decided I wanted people to know it was me writing and went back to using my real name. As for my last name I have changed it a couple of times but I like Foster and plan to keep it. Hubby thinks I married him for his name!

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    • That is my dilemma, Darlene, being known by my real name. If I change it then I probably should change it for real.
      I like how Shirley Dale sounds, good choice. Did you have anything published under that name?
      My guess is your husband doesn’t need to worry about why you married him. 🙂

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  2. I have a pen name for books I want to write – Edward Samuel Webbers. 🙂 I’ll use my real name for PBs and Early Readers, maybe a few MGs, and this name for MG and YA. 🙂 I got it from my initials – E.S.W. 🙂 If I could change my name, it’d be either Inigo Montoya, or Erik The Red. 😉

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  3. Like Erik, my name ponderings have usually been about a pen name. I’m happy with my real name — Sue Harrison — since it is easy for readers to remember. The only problem with it is that my first is really Sue. Not Susan, not Suzanne, not Suzette, just Sue. Once when my husband and I went to Jamaica with a group, our travel agency helpfully rewrote my paperwork to reflect what she believed was my “real” name – Susan. I didn’t realize she had done this until I was homeward bound and trying to get back into the USA! If not for a friendly border person, I might yet be in Jamaica!

    So as to a pen name, I lean toward Sawyer Harrison or Sawyer Lowry, or Sawyer Lillico or….. 🙂

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    • oh my! What a story that could be, Sue, stuck on the wrong side of the border because of someone’s ‘helpfulness’!
      I once was visiting someone with some friends, and when I was introduced as Lynn he argued with me my name was really Linda, that Lynn was my nickname. Not so, and it still is funny to me that he thought he knew better than I. 🙂

      I like the rhythm of your real name. I also think that you, like me, would have a little trouble deciding on a pen name. 🙂

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  4. As a child I complained about my ‘plain Jane’ name — Carol Jean — but got no sympathy from my parents who had chosen it so there couldn’t be any nickname surprises. I’ve grown attached to it and have no desire to change it now. I used ‘Careann’ as a pseudonym for my oil painting and early writing. It was already the registered name of my kennel and still labels my blog, but I soon realized it made better professional sense within the writing community to be known by my real name. I suppose if I had to choose an alternate it would be something youthful and Irish, like Maggie McGuire since McGuire is my maiden name. 😉

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    • I understand about being easily identified by readers, but if you were to choose an alternate name I do like Maggie McGuire. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Carol.

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  5. I write using three names: Diane Lynn Tibert (my current spelling; non-fiction), Candy McMudd (children’s books) and Diane Lynn McGyver (adult fiction). I used to write my non-fiction with my birth name: Diana Lynn Tibert, but it was always mispronounced. I often got Deanna Lynn Tilbert (or Tibbert). To eliminate the Deanna, I switched from Diana to Diane. This has cured the first name issue. You’d think because Princess Diana was so popular the average person would be able to properly pronounce Diana, but it wasn’t the case. I began to hate the name Deanna.

    I chose the McGyver name for a few reasons, but one of the main ones was that it reflected my Scottish heritage which I feel more connected with than my Irish, English and German heritage. I wanted a simple, kid-friendly name for my children’s books, so Candy McMudd was born.

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