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* As ''Fanfic/MagicalMetamorphosis'' is about the Potter child coming out as {{transgender}}, this was almost obligatory -- a few chapters in, she changes her name to Holly.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[Literature/StarTrekShatnerverse Shatnerverse]] novel ''The Return'', when Kirk and Picard prepare to mount an assault on the Borg homeworld in the Defiant-class USS ''Monitor'', accompanied by Spock, [=McCoy=], and the senior staff of the recently-destroyed ''Enterprise''-D, the captain of the ''Monitor'' has the name on the ship changed to ''Enterprise'' for the mission, musing that it won't show up in the history books but he felt it was appropriate.


** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Resistance pilot Poe Dameron escapes the First Order with help from a defecting Stormtrooper whose designation is FN-2187. Instead of calling him that, Poe decides to name him Finn. For the rest of the movie, Finn uses his new name to make it clear that he's no longer a Stormtrooper.

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Resistance pilot Poe Dameron escapes the First Order with help from a defecting Stormtrooper whose designation is FN-2187. Instead of calling him that, Poe decides to name him Finn. For the rest of the movie, trilogy, Finn uses his new name to make it clear that he's no longer a Stormtrooper.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'': Keldor's face was melted off by acid. Hordak saved his life at the cost of his head now being a skull floating above his shoulders. Hordak then declared his new name is Skeletor and he accepted it.


* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Happened in Brennan's BackStory. Her current name (Temperance) reflects her overly-logical and reserved nature. Meanwhile, her birth name (Joy) is quite the opposite. Indeed, she turned to science and logic in order to keep herself from getting hurt after being abandoned by first her parents and then her brother.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Happened in Brennan's BackStory. Her current name (Temperance) reflects her overly-logical and reserved nature. Meanwhile, her birth name (Joy) is quite the opposite. Indeed, she turned to science and logic in order to keep herself from getting hurt after being abandoned by first her parents and then her brother. Though it was her parents who renamed her, as a matter of hiding their identities. The entire family got name changes that didn't align quite so poetically with their circumstances.
** Angela's father turns out to be a GiverOfLameNames, so she also renamed herself from [[spoiler: Pookie Noodlin]] to Angela Pearly Gates Montenegro. While this is at least a less embarrassing name, the "Pearly Gates" at least has some significance, as it's the name [[Music/ZzTop Billy Gibbons]] gave to his guitar, and he plays her in-universe father, who may or may not be an {{expy}} of himself or merely himself or... you know what? It's complicated. In-universe, the name came to her in a dream.


* Other real-life examples for monarchs (as well as more fictional examples) can be found in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regnal_name Regnal Name]] article on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.

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* Other real-life examples for monarchs (as well as more fictional examples) can be found in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regnal_name Regnal Name]] article on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.[[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]].



* Many revolutionaries for various causes took on various meaningful pseudonyms. Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky and other Bolsheviks fall into the category. Ditto with Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh (meaning "he who brings the light", who used 2 or 3 other meaningful names, including Nguyen Ai Quoc, or Nguyen the Patriot), China's Sun Yat-Sen, Yugoslavia's Tito, formerly Josip Broz, various Palestinian leaders[[note]]many of whom liked using the ''kunya'', or Arab inverse {{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}}, i.e. calling yourself "Abu [name of eldest son]" (where "Abu" means "father of"). Often the son was fake, adding an extra level of confusion (e.g. Yasser Arafat went by "Abu Ammar", but had no son by that name); other times, the name was real.[[/note]], various Zionist leaders, etc. This is in part because of their desire to show off their revolutionary zeal and ideology and also to evade police pursuits by obscuring their "real" identity.

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* Many revolutionaries for various causes took on various meaningful pseudonyms. Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky and other Bolsheviks fall into the category. Ditto with Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh (meaning "he who brings the light", who used 2 or 3 other meaningful names, including Nguyen Ai Quoc, or Nguyen the Patriot), China's Sun Yat-Sen, Yat-sen, Yugoslavia's Tito, formerly Josip Broz, various Palestinian leaders[[note]]many of whom liked using the ''kunya'', or Arab inverse {{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}}, i.e. calling yourself "Abu [name of eldest son]" (where "Abu" means "father of"). Often the son was fake, adding an extra level of confusion (e.g. Yasser Arafat went by "Abu Ammar", but had no son by that name); other times, the name was real.[[/note]], various Zionist leaders, etc. This is in part because of their desire to show off their revolutionary zeal and ideology and also to evade police pursuits by obscuring their "real" identity.



* In UsefulNotes/NaziGermany hundreds of towns and villages, especially in East Prussia and Silesia, were renamed because their names were too obviously Slavic or Lithuanian in origin. In the case of northern East Prussia, which became part of the Russian Federation after World War 2, all towns and villages then got all-new Russian names rather than reverting to the old Lithuanian and West Slavic names, partly to set off the Kaliningrad from neighboring Lithuania (then the Lithuanian SSR).
** Lithuanian capital Vilnius went through several phases of this. While the historical capital of Lithuania, it was, by the beginning of 20th century, a mostly Polish-speaking city with largely Jewish population surrounded by mostly Belarussian countryside. It was also known by several different names among various ethnicities. It officially became Vilnius, the Lithuanian version, once the Lithuanians took it over when Poland was defeated in 1939 by the Germans and the Soviets. In a peculiar concession to Lithuanian national sentiment, Soviets officially kept the name Vilnius even in Russian references after annexing Lithuania later that year, rather than Vilna as it was previously known to the Russians.

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* In UsefulNotes/NaziGermany hundreds of towns and villages, especially in East Prussia and Silesia, were renamed because their names were too obviously Slavic or Lithuanian in origin. In the case of northern East Prussia, which became part of the Russian Federation after World War 2, II, all towns and villages then got all-new Russian names rather than reverting to the old Lithuanian and West Slavic names, partly to set off the Kaliningrad from neighboring Lithuania (then the Lithuanian SSR).
** Lithuanian capital Vilnius went through several phases of this. While the historical capital of Lithuania, it was, by the beginning of the 20th century, a mostly Polish-speaking city with largely Jewish population surrounded by mostly Belarussian Belarusian countryside. It was also known by several different names among various ethnicities. It officially became Vilnius, the Lithuanian version, once the Lithuanians took it over when Poland was defeated in 1939 by the Germans and the Soviets. In a peculiar concession to Lithuanian national sentiment, Soviets officially kept the name Vilnius even in Russian references after annexing Lithuania later that year, rather than Vilna as it was previously known to the Russians.



* Many early Zionists replaced their names with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebraization_of_surnames Hebrew names]], to erase remnants of their life in exile and to show their commitment to a new Jewish nation. This turned into an official policy during the administration of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (originally Grün), when all state officials were ordered to Hebraicize their surnames.

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* Many early Zionists replaced their names with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebraization_of_surnames Hebrew names]], to erase remnants of their life in exile and to show their commitment to a new Jewish nation. This turned into an official policy during the administration of Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (originally Grün), when all state officials were ordered to Hebraicize Hebraize their surnames.



* An inverse of the example from the film ''Film/AirForceOne'' happened when Richard Nixon resigned. Nixon was onboard Air Force One when his resignation took effect and Ford was sworn in. The pilot then radioed the air traffic controllers to officially change the plane's call sign from Air Force One to SAM 27000 (the standard call sign used for the plane when it wasn't transporting the president.

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* An inverse of the example from the film ''Film/AirForceOne'' happened when Richard Nixon resigned. Nixon was onboard Air Force One when his resignation took effect and Ford was sworn in. The pilot then radioed the air traffic controllers to officially change the plane's call sign from Air Force One to SAM 27000 (the standard call sign used for the plane when it wasn't transporting the president.president).
* J. D. Vance, most notable as the author of ''Literature/HillbillyElegy'', did this when he married his Yale Law classmate Usha Chilukuri in 2014. The future author, whose last name before the wedding was Hamel, did not want to use the name of the stepfather who had abandoned him, and saw a chance to symbolically start a new life. He and his wife took the name of the grandparents who had largely raised him.


* Skips from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' always skips rather than walking. It turns out his real name is not Skips, but Walks. He changed it because he got tired of everybody asking him why does he skip everywhere instead of walk. Or at least that's what he says at first. A later episode shows the real reason: [[spoiler:It was the name he chose when he was reborn as an immortal as his way of memorializing the woman he loved, who he always skipped with.]]

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* Skips from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' always skips rather than walking. It turns out his real name is not Skips, but Walks. He changed it because he got tired of everybody asking him why does he skip skipped everywhere instead of walk. Or walking. Or, at least least, that's what he says at first. A later episode shows the real reason: [[spoiler:It was the name he chose when he was reborn as an immortal as his way of memorializing the woman he loved, who he always skipped with.]]


Changing your name ''back'' to the original is also a Meaningful Rename. You learned that you should BeYourself, or accepted your past and/or heritage, or acknowledged that your grievances were more petty than you thought. Or perhaps you have found your SecretLegacy and re-adopted your original name as a symbol of that.

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Changing your name ''back'' to the original is also a Meaningful Rename. You learned that you should BeYourself, or accepted your past and/or heritage, or acknowledged that your grievances were more petty than you thought.thought, or [[HeelFaceIndex changed your mind about the merits of whatever the rename stood for]]. Or perhaps you have found your SecretLegacy and re-adopted your original name as a symbol of that.


* ''Fanfic/GymLeaderWiki'':
** At ten, Kyo changed his name to "Koga" because he wasn't fond of having a one-syllable name.
** Janine's birth name is "Anzu". She chose a new name at age ten by reversing the word for "ninja". She changed her name because people would frequently pronounce "Anzu" incorrectly.
** Clair's original surname was "L'Aigle". She changed it at 16 due to people frequently misspelling it.



* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', when Flynn Rider thinks they will both drown, he confides in Rapunzel that his real name is Eugene Fitzhurbert. After they escape, he explains how he had read stories of a LovableRogue named Flynn Rider as an orphan in an orphanage and wanted to be like him. Rapunzel says she likes Eugene better and takes to calling him that. In his final narration, he admits he went back to that name.

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* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}'', when Flynn Rider thinks they will both drown, he confides in Rapunzel that his real name is Eugene Fitzhurbert. After they escape, he explains how he had read stories of a LovableRogue named Flynn Rider as an orphan in an orphanage and wanted to be like him. Rapunzel says she likes Eugene better and takes to calling him that. In his final narration, he admits he went back to that name.


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* ''Fanfic/KimPossibleMirrorMirror'': Shego's name is "Sheryl Marie Gordeaux". Upon learning she's the daughter of the original Shego, her name gets changed to "Sharonda" ("Shari" for short).

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* In MylittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic ''Fanfic/LittleDeceptions'', MasterOfDisguise [[PhantomThief Blank Slate]] refers to himself in third person narration by the name of whatever disguise he's adopted. Indeed, Blank Slate itself is an adopted name, and a meaningful one, as he constantly renames himself and shifts in personality and behavior as needed. When Princess Celestia says his real name, [[spoiler: Cuckoo Cloud,]] and is offered a second chance, he drops all the fake names and makes a HeelFaceTurn.


* Skips from WesternAnimation/RegularShow he always skips rather than walking. It turns out his real name is not Skips, but Walks. He changed it because he got tired of everybody asking him why does he skip everywhere instead of walk. Or at least that's what he says at first. A later episode shows the real reason: [[spoiler:It was the name he chose when he was reborn as an immortal as his way of memorializing the woman he loved, who he always skipped with.]]

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* Skips from WesternAnimation/RegularShow he ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' always skips rather than walking. It turns out his real name is not Skips, but Walks. He changed it because he got tired of everybody asking him why does he skip everywhere instead of walk. Or at least that's what he says at first. A later episode shows the real reason: [[spoiler:It was the name he chose when he was reborn as an immortal as his way of memorializing the woman he loved, who he always skipped with.]]


* In ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'', protagonist Cindy Butt renames herself Cyan Beaut as part of the process of discovering her identity and rebelling against [[AbusiveParents her parents' abuse]]. [[spoiler:[[TheAtoner Her mother]] promises to make it official by having the courts legally change her name to Cyan's new one at the end of the story.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'', protagonist Cindy Butt renames herself Cyan Beaut as part of the process of discovering her identity and rebelling against [[AbusiveParents her parents' abuse]]. [[spoiler:[[TheAtoner Her mother]] promises to make it official by having the courts allowing her to legally change her name it to Cyan's that new one at the end of the story.]]

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* An inverse of the example from the film ''Film/AirForceOne'' happened when Richard Nixon resigned. Nixon was onboard Air Force One when his resignation took effect and Ford was sworn in. The pilot then radioed the air traffic controllers to officially change the plane's call sign from Air Force One to SAM 27000 (the standard call sign used for the plane when it wasn't transporting the president.

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** At the very end of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', Rey, [[spoiler: who had been revealed to be the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine,]] took the last name of Skywalker [[spoiler: after getting the blessing of the Force Ghosts of Luke and Leia.]]

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