Transgender Name Changes

Many transgender individuals will select a new name to mark their transition from male to female. present some simple tips for selecting your new name and ensuring that it becomes the one that you keep for the rest of your life.

First Name Tips:

You have potentially spent years with a name that never felt right. As you transition, you will likely want to select a new name to mark the occasion. There are a number of things to consider when selecting your name. For some, it can be as simple as feminizing your current name (e.g. Sal becomes Sally, Jess becomes Jessie, and Dennis becomes Denise). Others may want to choose a more androgynous name (e.g. Sandy, Jamie, Sam, and Kelly). Depending on your personality, you may want a name that stands out amongst the rest or one that will help you blend in. As well, you may want to honor someone in your life who has inspired you.

When selecting your name, there are many other methods for selection. You could go through your social media friends and see if any of those names are of interest. You will want to ensure that it is a name that you can grow with too. As well, you will want to consider the potential negative nicknames or connotations that could come from it.

It is important that you say that name out loud and write it down. Listen to how it sounds and even have a few friends call you by it. Does it feel like a good fit for you? When you write it out, see how it flows, and looks to you. If there is any hesitation, then it is likely not the perfect fit yet.

Last Name Considerations:

Now whether or not, you change your last name is up to you. Many in the transgender community choose to keep their family name. But, there are also quite a few who purposely select a new last name too. This is a way to distance yourself from either a family or married name that you no longer wish to be associated with. If you do choose to change your last name, then follow many of the same steps as previously listed for altering your first name.

Before you officially change:

Prior to legally changing your name, spend some time with it. See what it is like to have others call you by it. Write it down and witness for yourself if this is what you want to attach to yourself now. It may only take a day to feel comfortable with it or it could take months. It is best to be sure that this is the name that you want. Legally changing your name can be a lengthy and/or expensive process. You don’t want to be going through it every few months or so. Settle on a new name, live with it for a bit, and then you will know that you have made the right decision.

The Name Change Project

The name change project provides free legal services to TG from prestigious law firms across the nation.
Check out this link – to see if your area has this service!