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[User Picture]From: theadana Date: January 23rd, 2005 - 01:27 pm (Link)


Where did you get your LJ name? Do you use it other places? Email? Other websites? RPGs? IM? Do people call you that in real life? How did you come up with it?

When I was still in school, my best friend and I used to write messages to each other on the bathroom walls signed with names we had made up. A year of studying Latin inspired the names, and one of them (can't remember anymore whether it was mine or hers) was "thea," referring vaguely to feminine divinity. The other name was an inspiration for early passwords, so I hope it has been long forgotten.

When I needed to create an IM name that wasn't linked to my family's AOL account, I used "thea" as the first half. The second half arose from a bit of bibliomancy using the Encylopedia of Faeries. My finger randomly chose the entry on the Tuatha de Dannan, the tribe of folk dedicated to the Goddess Dana. Thus, I became "theadana."

Theadana became the name I used for all online identities. Even at a young age, I must have understood branding. I use theadana for online RPGs, but not tabletop or live action. Too many people know it as my online identity, and it would be weird.

There are a couple of people who might call me theadana offline, but it's always pretty strange for me. There is a far greater number of people who call me lmarsh, but that's a CMU phenomena. Mostly it's just Laura.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 24th, 2005 - 05:14 pm (Link)

Re: theadana

original. But what I find weird is that you don't remember for sure which of the names was yours. How long ago was it?
[User Picture]From: theadana Date: January 24th, 2005 - 08:02 pm (Link)

Re: theadana

This was back in tenth grade or so, IIRC. It's not that odd because I came up with both names, gave one to her, and ended up using both names again for online stuff after that year. So they were both mine originally, she just rented one for a while.

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