What does your name say about who you are? In this episode, Steph and I have an honest conversation about the connection between name and identity. I talk about my ill-fated middle-school attempt to go by my actual name (Elizabeth). I also talk about the decision to change my children’s names when they were adopted. While their Russian names were special and important, my husband and I felt that it was an opportunity to give them roots and a sense of family connection. Steph talks about choosing her public-facing name and using that as an opportunity to honor a part of her family heritage that might otherwise have been lost. Also, I share which nicknames I really can’t stand (for myself)!
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- Is there any family connection in your name? Does that matter to you? Why?
- Have you ever considered changing any part of your name? Why?
- Do people typically say or spell your name wrong? Does that bother you?
- Are there certain nicknames that only certain people can use with you? Reflect on those names and relationships.