Friday, May 7, 2010

call me "Stana"

namebadge100329 It's official (well, as "official" as it's going to get). My name is Stana.

Almost six weeks ago, I wrote here about possibly changing my name.

Your comments were positive and encouraging, but before I made a hasty decision that I might regret later, I decided to think about it.

Well, I'm finished thinking about it and I am very happy with my new name.

The timing is also perfect in light of my attendance en femme at my convention next week.

As I wrote six weeks ago, I am out to people who know me only by my male name and I intend to come out to more people who know me only by my male name. Why not make it easier for them by using a female name so similar to my male name? "Stan" and "Stana" are so interchangeable that one does not have to worry about slipping up when speaking my name? No one, certainly not I, will call them out if they say "Stan" when they intended to say "Stana" and vice versa. "Stan" can even be considered short for "Stana."

And I like the name. It rhymes with "Anna," the object of my first puppy love. It is unique (I always like to be unique). And it is a good fit, that is, it simply suits me.

Also, I have a new e-mail account to go with my new name: stana-stana at

So, call me "Stana."


  1. Dear Stana - you will know from my earlier comment that I think this is a lovely name.

    I always want to tender special congratulations when a name is adopted. It is an act of love for oneself. Thinking of yourself in that name is every bit as compelling an embrace as conferred by the first dress too.

    Many happy long years to you Stana.

    One of your many fans

  2. AnonymousMay 07, 2010

    Good for you Stana. I was lucky though. I have always been called Stevie, growing up and even today.

    I did have a sissy friend in college whose given name was Dave. But those who saw his feminine nature called him Davia. That is a pretty name too.

  3. Hi Stana! Have fun at the convention! I wish you the very best.

    Calie xx

  4. If you're not already aware of her, you might want to Google Stana Katic, star of ABC TV's "Castle". She's absolutely gorgeous...and a propos of your women of heights, she's 5"9".

  5. I like it! Depending on the pronunciation, it could sound eastern European. On the other hand, it also rhymes with "banana" (kids on the playground could be so cruel)! I am just teasing of course.

  6. Choosing our own names is sort of a mixed blessing. If I was assigned an appropriate one, I'd settle. Since I can change it....

    It still says "Your hostess" is Staci Lana. Is it now going to be Stana Lana?

    I cannot WAIT to hear your reports from the conference!

  7. AnonymousMay 08, 2010

    Wish I were going to Dayton. Maybe a QSO someday on the air.