On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Mar 5 14:11:11 EST 2003

I've never felt any desire to change my name, except for the brief times
when it seemed everyone was calling me Michelle and I wondered if I had been
destined for a different name.  My maiden name goes very harmoniously with
Melissa.  It was when I was faced with having to change my name, when I got
married, that I considered *not* changing it.  "Having to" being a very
inaccurate term, since it was tradition and not force, but ultimately I
decided there were good reasons to share my husband's last name.  I do have
a secret name that only I know, something private and closely related to my
deepest sense of identity.  I've always liked that concept in books, having
a secret or magical name.

There's a name I'd seen recently on children's books that just SCREAMED name
change:  Crescent Dragonwagon.  I looked her up and read the story of why
she changed her name, and it was fascinating:


What interests me most are her conflicting emotions about her name (both old
and new) and how things look as you mature.  Had I wanted to change my name,
I am very sure I would not now want to be saddled with anything my
fifteen-year-old self came up with.

(Her mother, BTW, is children's writer Charlotte Zolotow.)

Melissa Proffitt
not Proffit
or Profitt
or Profit
or, heaven forbid, Prophet

English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, hits them over the head and goes through their pockets for loose vocabulary.

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