Make-A-List Monday: People Who Changed Their Names

This is a list of adult MPs who legally changed their names before they vanished. Women who changed their names because they got married or divorced don’t count. I decided children didn’t count either.

Peter Strother Madison (was Peter Scott Gruesbeck)
Neo Babson Maximus (was Charles M. Allen Jr.)
Frank Nash (was Asselin Nash)
Mikalena Nau (was Michelle Nau)
Jessie Shawn Mixon (was Robert Shawn Otis)

This is a really short list but I thought it a worthy topic anyway.

Fun fact: Michael legally changed his name after he turned 18. He has two middle names, and started life as Michael Robert David. Then he changed it to Michael David Robert — simply because he could, for no other reason.

11 thoughts on “Make-A-List Monday: People Who Changed Their Names

  1. Evie June 9, 2014 / 2:24 am

    Confused about Frank Nash – was Asselin his first or last name?

    I really enjoy these lists!

    • Meaghan June 9, 2014 / 2:27 am

      I believe it was his first name.

      • Evie June 9, 2014 / 1:03 pm

        In that case, his page needs to be modified because it says he may use the LAST name Asselin.

  2. Jose June 9, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Meaghan can u please look through your google chat history and copy paste In this comment section the articles about Gary Locklear.

    • Jose June 9, 2014 / 7:04 pm

      DONT email them

  3. orla June 10, 2014 / 8:04 am

    Frank Nash is so strange….no photos, and the minute he turned 18 he changed his name but remained living with his parents ? A name change at 18 usually signals wanting a break from the home or the likes, in my limited experience anyway.

    • forthelost June 10, 2014 / 9:08 pm

      I imagine he got quite a bit of teasing for the name “Asselin.”

      • Melinda August 7, 2016 / 9:34 pm

        I know my reply is a bit late, but Asselin is a French name, from what I understand. Most of the people I’ve heard with this last name are from New England or Canada…they have French-Canadian roots.

  4. Cattt June 13, 2014 / 2:30 am

    Im surprised this list is short. Thought there would be more.

  5. Melinda August 7, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I’ve also wondered about the people who change their names or go by aliases. Sometimes people do that because they dislike their given names, but I feel that many of the MP who do this are probably living risky or dangerous lifestyles, or they have a criminal record, or they are hiding from an abusive partner.

    • Meaghan August 8, 2016 / 5:12 am

      When I was in middle school I belonged to an online writing club. I studied baby name books and experimented with a variety of pseudonyms on the club — not to hide my identity, everyone there knew my real name — but just for the fun of it. Now I wonder, had I disappeared, if those club pseudonyms would have wound up on my posters as possible alias names.

      There’s one woman on my site who, it was said, might use a particular name that was totally different from her legal name. I saw some commenters on some article about her disappearance speculating as to why; they were suggesting she might be a prostitute or something. I suppose they didn’t mean any harm but I bet the woman’s relatives would have been pretty upset by those comments. In fact, she had been adopted and the “alias” name was her birth name.

      Another good reason to change your name might be if you happen to share it with some infamous person and don’t want your reputation smeared. There’s probably more than one person named Jackie Coakley out there (she was the Rolling Stone’s “A Rape of Campus” hoaxer) and the others must have had a heck of a time after that fiasco.

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