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Given my life, I have a lot of names I use (which can be confusing for me as well).
Most of the time I am known as Tchipakkan, and I speak and write under that name
In the Society for Creative Anachronism I am called Arastorm the Golden
My legal name is Virginia Fair Richards-Taylor which I only use for legal transactions, (and facebook because I didn’t know what I was doing when I set it up).
I do other role playing as well, and am called Ælfgifu in Rhuddlan, and Aurelia Ambrosia in the Roman period. Don’t worry about it. My kids call me Mother, and my husband called me My Love. If you aren’t in that context, it doesn’t matter, does it? Some VERY old friends and relatives who knew me when I was a kid still call me Ginny, but they have a special dispensation. Anyone who calls me that who didn’t know me back then is automatically suspect. If you don’t know me, you are welcome to call me Mrs. Taylor, unless you hope to become my friend, in which case Tchipakkan is probably the name you want. Most people call me that.
Tchipakkan means “Dance of the Dead” and is the word for the Aurora Borealis in either Algonquin or Old Norse according to the book The Viking and the Red Man I read when I was young. I started using it as a name when I went to college.
The T is silent. I pronounce it Chip ah khan. (and I occasionally use a Ç for the ch in my signature. I no longer believe that the author is correct, although he does bring up some interesting questions. Still, I’ve been calling myself Tchipakkan for over forty years, and I still like it. Some Native Americans once told me that it made me look rather foolish, as it’s not a name word. Still, as they said it wasn’t disrespectful, I’ll keep using it. I like the image, and it’s “truth in advertising”: I’ve never hidden that I got it out of a book.