I’m [name]Sara[/name], an American archaeologist who has been living and working in [name]Egypt[/name] for the past several years, and who is currently in the process of becoming a naturalized Egyptian citizen.
Anyways, for many different reasons (and before my citizenship papers are filed) I’m thinking about changing my name to [name]Isis[/name], a name that has a lot of personal meaning for me:
- It’s a nod to my profession ([name]Isis[/name] is the Egyptian goddess of motherhood, fertility and magic, as well as a friend of slaves, sinners and the downtrodden)
- The first site I visited during field school was the [name]Temple[/name] of [name]Isis[/name] in Pompeii.
- For some reason, people have called me “[name]Isis[/name]” ever I arrived in [name]Egypt[/name], so in many ways I feel like it is already my name.
- [name]Isis[/name] is also accepted in [name]France[/name], where I live when I’m not working in [name]Egypt[/name].
- But most importantly, in many ways I’m getting ready to start a new life…as an Egyptian citizen! A legal name change would make the transition even more complete.
Since people hardly ever call me [name]Sara[/name] anymore (which isn’t a bad thing - I never liked my name anyways! ;), and since I already feel so connected to [name]Isis[/name], I would really like to make the switch official.
But before I do, what do you think of the name “[name]Isis[/name]”? [name]Do[/name] you have any bad connections with it? Any good ones? What about stereotypes? [name]Do[/name] you think I’ll encounter problems with it when I come back to the States? I would love to hear your honest feedback!