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#1 of 7 Old 04-25-2014, 06:43 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm missing the Good Old Days when no one had a last name and maybe you didn't even know their real name.  As pretentious as it was in some ways, I loved when people chose a name that said "this is what I stand for".  I miss the color.  I miss the Dumpster Daves, the Buddha Johns, the Trees, and the Oceans.  


I almost had a hippie name once--never had one even when I was one.  Sigh,  So boring.  For a joke at a regional Rainbow Gathering back in 1993, I took the name Galaxy but chickened out when people actually started calling me that.  I thought is was a lovely and ironic name, perfect for a dippy hippie girl like me.  But I couldn't do it.  I couldn't be anyone except plain old me.  Even then, no one knew my last name.  


I moved to a different crowd once I started dating my eventual-husband.  Every one had last names and was freshly showered.  I felt weird and all... I don't know... grown up just like my parents.  Ugh.


Did you have a hippie name?  Or a punk rocker name?  Or just some crazy nickname that you took or were given?  Were you a teenybopper in the eighties who changed her name to Siobhan or Siouxsie?


Not to worry if you missed out on the fun, like I kinda did.  Feel free to christen yourself Star or Lake tonight and groove on the free flowing vibes that emanate from that singular thought.


--Galaxy out!  :hippie 

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#2 of 7 Old 04-25-2014, 07:18 PM
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I changed my last name xxxman to xxxwoman and have been known by that for awhile. Kind of superhero sounding. Now my kids have the interesting names. So I get to be mom of superhero sounding kind of name. Still works, but I should bring my last name back. Kind of wish I had a girl to share it with.
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I have a hippy-sounding last name, but it's just my real last name. People sometimes ask me if my parents were hippies because of it. The funny thing is, they actually were hippies, but they gave me a normal first name -- my "hippy" last name is my married name. So it's a total patriarchal, oppressive tradition dressed up as an awesome, peace-and-love type of name. How's that for far-out, man? orngtongue.gif
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I have a hippyish last name as well but it's actually an old English name and my parents weren't hippies at all. Some people who see my name before they meet me wonder about it though.

DD1, has given me the name "Cloud" to be used in all games requiring an alternate identity. Does that count? lol.gif

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Yes, I am a has-been hippie. My "hippie-name" became so much a part of me that I legally changed to that. But many years later, I needed to change my name again (major domestic violence issue), and take a whole new identity. Now I only have about 3 friends left who call me by the hippie name; my family ****l calls me by the first (birth) name. So I am in a perpetual identity crisis, and have to consciously think how to answer when someone asks my name. I have been my present name for 15 years, but it ****l doesn't come naturally off my tongue. I really treasure those last few, oldest, dearest friends who call me R_____ - I think that is really my name, even if I can't type it online for security reasons.

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I don't know if this counts but I changed my first hame (which was ironically a hippy-type 70's name) to a Hindu name when I married into that culture. But no one can say it so only the close friends call me that name and the rest use a nickname. As do my co-workers and patients at work. 

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My daughter's middle names are Moonlilly and Stargazer lol

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