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    Question Transgender man seeking a new name

    Greetings,

    I'm a transgender man who is looking for a new name. I've previously been going by Ash (short for Ashton) because I was hoping something unisex would help ease transition while I was working for a company that was not trans-friendly. What I've run into instead is people insisting on calling me Ashley even when I've introduced myself as Ashton. Furthermore, as I got more involved in the trans community I've found Ash and its variations to be common in the community.

    So I am looking for a name that is masculine, not gender neutral. I like names with nature origins or non biblical meanings. I am pretty committed to Kai for my middle name (same first letter as my Mom's name and one of the meanings originates as Hawaiian for ocean, a nod both to the years my Dad lived in Hawaii as well as the water meaning of my birth middle name). I like Elliot (though not it's meaning), Devon (but that's another unisex name), and I currently am favoring Cole (but I feel like it sounds strange with Kai). I think I may prefer a first name with two syllables?

    If anyone here has some ideas I can consider, I'd greatly appreciate it!

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    The first name that came to my mind based on the names you are considering was Everett. It shares a lot of sounds with Elliott, but the "v" makes it feel even a little more masculine to me. And Everett Kai is a great combo! I agree, with Kai, a two syllable+ first name is the way to go.

    Some others that some to mind:

    Declan - if it was going to "smoosh" Devon and Cole, I'd get Declan. Maybe has some of the sounds you're going for? But it is religious in meaning.
    Silas - meaning "wood or forest" - could be a cool nod to Ash
    Maxwell - "great stream"
    Forest - this one seems too obvious maybe, but I've know two guys named Forest who both wore it really well!

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    Forest was my first thought, so I like that suggestion from PP.

    Colby would give you a two-syllable name that can nickname to Cole.

    Also, maybe Beckett? It has the same double-T ending as Elliott and means "beehive," which is kind of a cool nature meaning, I think.
    Thinking about...

    April - Beatrix - Cornelia - Lavender - Sylvie
    Archana - Iraa - Nishka - Padma - Rajani

    Alastair - August - Cassian - Ellery - Henry
    Deepan - Nalin - Pranay - Prasanna - Rishik

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    My first thought for something masculine with two syllables were the occupational and surname names. I feel like something with a hard ending a -ton, -son, -ford, -er, -an would work best with the middle name Kai.

    Sutton
    Thatcher
    Hudson

    I'm not great at the actual naming part, but I feel like something along those lines would work well. Good luck!

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    I like the previous suggestion of Elliott for you - though how about these too:

    Sutton
    Bram
    Archer
    Isaac
    Michael
    Otis
    Noah
    Hunter
    Dylan
    Logan
    Cameron
    Brandon
    Andrew
    Henry
    Teddy
    Avery
    Flynn
    Tobias
    Callum
    Jacob
    Joel
    Caleb

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