Prompt: New name. Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why? (Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion @beccawilcott)
Hello, my name is… Adela La Verne. (sidenote: Word on the street is my parents chose between “Ardith Laverne” and “Della Lee” for their new baby girl back in 1985.)
I generally use the pseudonym of “Lynzi” when introducing myself to people I don’t want to ever contact again (this is very rare), or when I’m just making a joke. However, after giving it some thought, I suppose it would be a good thing to have a smart and sultry pseudonym. While “Della” is a great alternative, “Adela” takes it another step, sounding refined and professional. It’s also somewhat uncommon nowadays, keeping with my fondness for my real, uncommon first name.
“La Verne” is also a natural choice for a pseudonym, as well, seeing that I use my middle name in place of my last for many different things. One reason I do that is kind of silly: if I ever get married, I won’t have to switch e-mail accounts or update a whole bunch of other accounts. No guarantee this means I’ll ever change my last name fully (disclaimer: I’m a fan of the hyphen– yup, I went there), but it makes that potential scenario a lot easier. Another thing about “Laverne/La Verne?” It’s classy. Yes, it does prompt a lot of, “Like… ‘Laverne and Shirley?'” but I’m kind of over that and embrace that name. Plus, it means I get to sign my name with a capital cursive L, and those are incredibly pretty.
Adela (Old German) – “noble”
La Verne/Laverne – “This name is of uncertain derivation, and has therefore no known meaning. Laverne is found as a French surname, from the Gaulish element ‘ver(n)’ meaning ‘alder.‘ … [also] a form of Laverna, the Roman goddess of thieves and impostors.” (via BabyNamesWorld)
And for the record…
Ardith (Hebrew) – “flowering field” (one website also cites that “Ardith” is a Swedish name given as a blessing to baby girls, meaning “spiritual prosperity.”)