It's weird. Unlike Rain, I never actually put that much thought into my name. I agonize over names a lot, but that's more as a writer than anything. I had been going by "Jocelyn" since long before I started coming out to people. I don't remember contextually how it started, but a few of my friends were calling me Jocelyn (or more frequently, just Lynn) as a nickname for years before I even considered transitioning.
Then when I was starting transition and coming out to people, I was using Jocelyn just because it was the closest thing to a femininization of my deadname (and many of my friends had already been calling me that anyway). For the most part, this was just to make it easier for my friends and family to remember the name and get used to it so they wouldn't annoy me through deadnaming as much. But despite this being more for others rather than myself, by the time I finally got to legally changing my name three or so years ago, I'd already been identifying as Jocelyn/Lynn for over a decade. Changing it then felt like it would've just confused everyone, including myself! I really couldn't use any other name. XD
I DID however change my middle name at the last second. I was originally going to go with Jocelyn Charity. There was no deep meaning to it for me though; I just liked the way it sounded. But just before handing in my paperwork, I decided to go with Jocelyn Samara instead. Samara would've been name if I'd my parents knew they had a second daughter, so I wanted to honor that (and honestly, I think it's a beautiful name that I don't hear often anyway).
Anyway, TL;DR - I didn't have to think about my first name much. My middle name was a bit more of a challenge, for sure. But Rain is putting a LOT more effort into this than I did. XD
As for the names mentioned, Allison is - if you recall from a few chapters ago - an actual character in the story. This is somewhat relevant. This was also actually touched on briefly in Chapter A (the bonus chapter of Volume 1).
The name Lydia however has never been mentioned in the comic. I don't know if it ever will again, in fact. That's just a little touch I added because I think it's my favorite name (but it doesn't feel like MY name). I always find myself wanting to use it in my stories, but kinda left it reserved for if I ever had a daughter. It may be moot now as I don't think that will happen at this point, but I just don't know if I'm ready to use it in a story yet. Good ol' writer's dilemma. XD
Finally, that last panel. I mean, it'd probably be weird if the main character who the comic is named after changed her name, but hey, stranger things have happened. Like she said, she's still got about five and a half months before her 18th birthday. If she's waiting for that to legally change her name, there's nothing stopping her from weighing her options in the meantime.
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Took me a while to settle on Sam, but I haven't regretted it (seriously, introducing yourself as "Sam, Sam I Am" is the BEST).
I never have settled on a new middle name, though.
Your little story about your middle name got me thinking, Do you have middle names for all the Rain cast (expect Emily, It has been mentioned), and if so will they turn up?
I Googled "deadname" having never heard the term before. For others who don't know, it's the name a transgender person had before they woke up to who they really were and transitioned.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who want to do harm, and deadnaming (using someone's deadname) maliciously is something several websites were created to do. Just because such vicious people exist does not mean we have to give them those extra clicks.
I hated the way people teased me when I was young, and I changed my name as soon as I left that small town. Although I'm cis and I left that place more than , I still cringe when someone finds out about my old name and uses it, so it might as well be called my deadname.
@Barnarnar: Hmm, I'm having more luck. All the Google results I get are "what is a deadname" and "why I don't refer to people by their deadname", with one "Why I still use my deadname to refer to myself in the past" in between. There might be something unpleasant about your Google browsing history that the algorithms think you want to see harrassment sites ^_^;
I actually was first using Sophie a little online before switching to Jessica which stuck more and felt more like me, however I must confess I did know a Sophie and Jessica at the time (Sophie was semi friend and Jessica just someone (who was very friendly in general) in my philosophy class).
I was going to go a totally different surname but went to the other side of my family one (my old surname was awful and extremely uncommon), this it was best I kept a family name which is also pretty common anyway. I did take a middle name based on what I was likely to be called if I was born a girl (Jessica was too set then).
I sometimes consider other names but legally Jessica and it is just a whim, I think whatever my name is after awhile it is going to feel stale so I wouldn't change it again.
I tried out "Melanie" for a while. I think it's prettier than the name I finally went with, but it just wasn't me. I'm kind of plain, and "Allison" seems plainer to me (YMMV, of course.)
It did give me kind of a little shot of pleasure to see that I have a namesake in the Rainiverse.
I did write a whole TG story (~80,000 words, IIRC) about a Martin who became a Melanie.
Rain is the best name ever. I'm really glad she ended up picking it, haha. I would love to have a name as pretty as that for myself. Would be crushed if it changed, but if that's what Rain wants to do, well, it's her decision!
i as someone who used to sooth the need to act out of my birth gender through text based role play on aol find that a name your comfortable with. and feels right. comes from deep inside of you and just shines out when you ask for it. i should write stories using some of the characters i made though >.>
I still use my male name because I am used to it, but I have been using the name Ar on the internet, which is like a gender neutral name I feel more comfortable with. Like Ky, I want to feel that I can have a name that would make me be myself. It doesn't matter that I wear a shirt with jeans or a dress, I am who I decide to become.
Also, I wonder what name would Rain decide to have in the future. She is associated with angels, weather and anime stuff.
i went with Robin because it was close to my deadname and with my subpar hearing i could kinda pretend i heard my real name whenever someone deadnames me. as far as middle names go i'm still deciding, i almost want to keep lawrence because its my grandpa's name, but then again my grandpa has been losing his mind for like 10 years now and would probably shoot me if he found out i was trans, so i was also thinking maybe Laura, and also maybe Luna because its pretty and was the first name i tried going with
Panel 4: Suddenly visualising Rain with tattoos...
Surely, Rain will change her name to Jocelyn, and then the whole webcomic will change its name to Jocelyn (or "Jocelyn LGBT" on this website). And then everything will be perfect.
Oh my god, this so reminds me of my name change. I went by a completely different name for two years and when it came down to changing it a couple of weeks ago, I scrapped it and changed it to something totally different and now everyone is totally confused. XD
While I have no idea if or when I might transition, I have given some thought to what my name would be. I was originally considering going by Ann or April, mainly because they were fairly ordinary names - a lot of people I know who decide to change their names (for whatever reasons they have) pick something exotic or grandiose, and I wanted to avoid that. I eventually decided that Alice fit better, as it resonates with me (dealing with humans in general leaves me feeling as if I am through the looking glass already, and the more 'ordinary' the people are, the stronger the feeling gets) while still seeming fairly conventional and not standing out. For my middle name, I would want Trillian, another character who, like Alice, resonates with me.
It took me a while to decide on a name too, honestly. I'd been going by an online name that wouldn't really work as a full-time name when I realized my identity.
I've always liked noun names, especially plant names, and I wanted something a little uncommon but not so much as to get strange looks. I tried Rowan for a while, but ended up settling on Sage, and I'm happy with it. Still no middle name, though.
I'm glad I've got a name that works for either gender so I don't have to worry about changing it if I ever transition.
Which I'll admit I'm a lot more frightened of now than I was ten days ago.
I settled on Marcie, as it is close to my dead name so people could remember it easier (or if they mess up they can correct themselves). I also like the peanuts character Marcie too--she's the kind of girl I aspire to be in some ways, so that was a bonus. My middle name was more difficult, but I went with my mom's middle name. Thought it might help ease the sting of coming out to her. Didn't, but I do like the fact that when signing my name I really only changed a few letters. I have a hard time with cursive since I don't use it except for that.
For me, my first name is not in question. Bree is just...me. It's what felt right. The longer version, Brianna, also felt right, as a longer version. But no other names and no other spellings ever occurred to me, and probably won't. I like those names.
But my middle name IS something I'm not sure about. As far as I know, there's no female equivalent, no feminine version, of my birth middle name. It is unambiguously male.
I didn't want to choose a different letter. But there's only one female name I know starting with D, and that's Danielle, which would the the feminine version of a family name. (Daniel has appeared as a name in almost every generation of my family: my grandfather and my brother both bear it.)
I never thought that Rain would second guess her name choice, it would be a little awkward that she finally changed Rain for another name buut that name would probably be cool too. I wonder what name she would choose.
I have doubts too. I've just got one person that calls me by one of my desired names, Nathaniel (the other being Caleb; I have two names now and I had to choose two names, I'm used to have two). Although I like both (love the numerological (?) meaning of Nathaniel and Caleb has a special meaning to me, as I write too and one of my characters is named Caleb, and he is just so special and everything I would like to be)... I'm still unsure. I like William too and sometimes I feel that William its more... like me? Sad thing I can't have three names. xD And then there're my last names. Not every name goes with them, and I had a hard time with those because I can't change them. Anyway, the day I tell everyone who I really am, I'll see how those two names go with me.
So yeah, I somehow know that feeling Rain have. xD
@CodexUmbrae: " I wonder what name she would choose."
Gale. Stormi. Wendy ...
@Fairportfan: Hey, Wendy it's pretty. xD
@CodexUmbrae: An interesting factoid about the name "Wendy" - it didn't exist before J M Barry wrote "Peter Pan" - it was a mispronunciation of "friend" by a little girl he knew.
Is unsure if Picking Malcanthet will be a good choice but it is me XXXXD
Funny fact. I took my name (Jaina) from the game Warcraft 3 because she was my favorite character, and everyone who doesn't know who she is tells me it's a beautiful name XD
Yeah, I couldn't possibly go with another name other than Sarah...despite having a cousin with that exact name...
...but it's definitely too late to change it in my brain. You'll notice it's very different from my assigned name, which is intentional. Frankly, I love my assigned name...and given my unique identity, I'll always identify with it in some way...but when I'm a girl, I'll always be Sarah. And when I'm a boy, I'll always be Gavin. And I'll always own both names.
Now, toying with middle names...THAT'S something I've been doing for awhile now!