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Unread 06-19-2005, 12:48 AM   #1
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Sign names

My friend Monica (deaf) gave me a sign name about 2 months ago. It is the elevator sign made with an "I" handshape instead of the "E" handshape. This is because my name is Ian and I am very tall (6'6").

My question is this: Should I tell deaf people my sign name when I introduce myself? When is the proper time to bring this up? My spoken name is so easy to finger-spell that sometimes I don't bother telling, but I am also proud of my sign name. What is the ettiquette? Also I am sometimes embarrassed that even though I am involved with Deaf people enough to have a sign name, I do not sign very well.
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Unread 06-19-2005, 12:54 AM   #2
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Regardless whether you know sign-language well enough, but during an introduction, finger-spelling your name first and then indicating your 'given' sign-name is a sure way to go about it....others will then remember you by your sign-name. As for your sign-name, that sure looks appropriate for you!
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Unread 06-21-2005, 09:51 PM   #3
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When I meet deaf people at social events, I spell my name first, then I show them my sign name.

I like the sign name that Monica gave you, it's fits perfect!!

Mine is Donna, so, I sign with a "d" on my cheek, the students at the R.I. School for the Deaf gave me that sign name and I have used it ever since.
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Unread 06-21-2005, 10:08 PM   #4
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My sign name goes like this: "N" (for Nancy) over the heart.
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Unread 06-23-2005, 12:47 PM   #5
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I think fingerspelling your name then giving your sign name is pretty much the standard when introducing yourself. So far when meeting new people at events, it's the only way I've seen an introduction.

But I have to sign names one was given to me and one I made up for when my other two friends are around (we're all named Shawn, but I'm the only signer so their names are just fingerspelled and that can get confusing)

First one is Fingerspell S then H then bring the H handshape down on top of a flat left hand (palm facing down). S+H+ON get it??? (but it's only used with my close friends)

Second one was given to me by my friends wife, it's the sign for Beer but use the S handshape "Shawn Beer", pretty much self explainatory if you know me. hehehee
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My sign name is "S" starting on the top of the side of my face and then moving down to the bottom. I have curly hair..
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Unread 12-24-2006, 10:39 PM   #7
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I don't have a sign name yet. lol. I just fingerspell "Matt"
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Unread 12-24-2006, 11:59 PM   #8
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My sign name was given to me by a Deaf woman I met while in training at my local deafblind center. My sign name represents the initials of my first and last name signed against the left and right side of the chest. I was told that my sign name represents confidence and strength.
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Unread 12-25-2006, 12:11 AM   #9
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Yup, usually say "I name B-E-N-J-A-M-I-N. Sign name B-J (moving outwards from heart)" It's hard to remember someones full name, but I find it very easy to remember sign names.
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Unread 12-25-2006, 01:36 AM   #10
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I have a sign name that was given to me by my mother but I don't like it. It is an "A" in a spiral coming down from my temple (on head). It's not that interesting. Bah. I don't have curly hair.
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Unread 12-25-2006, 02:02 AM   #11
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It is an "A" in a spiral coming down from my temple (on head). It's not that interesting. Bah. I don't have curly hair.
Heh, that's my name sign as well, only with a different letter. I do have curly hair, some of the time. A deaf friend gave it to me because she liked my hair.
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Unread 12-25-2006, 01:43 PM   #12
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Mine is J, then cop sign. I was given this name in one of the parnet groups at CID. At first it kind of anooyed me that I was automaticly labeleed as a cop with the group, but as I learned more about the group, I started to like the name.
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Unread 12-27-2006, 02:40 PM   #13
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Mine is the sign for feast and then the identifyer, like how you change play, to player. It's my last name. I always fingerspell my first name and then my sign name. Then the faces LOL!!!! why what who????? LOL then i say it is my last name and fingerspell that and everyone is like, OH THAT MAKES SENSE!!! people generally like my sign name because it is different. my Deaf friends kinda gave it to me. They asked what people call me. Everyone calls me by my last name from when i was little, i rarely get called by my first name. So they said hhhmmmmmmm and i did the sign for feast and they were like YEAH!!! that is it that has to be your sign name. Not the normal letter for the inital. I like it because it is different as well. =)
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Unread 12-27-2006, 04:02 PM   #14
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I have sign name M and P than full name spell... My sign name first "M" then signs "P" to my cheek because I always laugh or smile since same sign name for I was 5 yrs old till now!
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Unread 12-29-2006, 09:54 PM   #15
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mine is the sign for hockey but with a "J"
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My sign name is the sign for cat down with a K.
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Unread 12-29-2006, 10:41 PM   #17
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My sign name is basically the 'S' on the left chest as if you were referring to your own name tag.

I grew up with this sign language since that was what everyone did in elementary school.
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Nobody ask Liza what my sign name is...
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Nobody ask Liza what my sign name is...
Hey, Liza... What's Malfoyish's sign name?
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Nothing for me, they can't find anything about me - they just fingerspelling my first two initial as it is - LOL
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Should I tell deaf people my sign name when I introduce myself? When is the proper time to bring this up? My spoken name is so easy to finger-spell that sometimes I don't bother telling, but I am also proud of my sign name. What is the ettiquette?
The de facto (norm) seems to be to fingerspell then sign your sign name, regardless of your skill level.

For example, when I meet new signers, I sign, "ME NAME T-A-R-I-C SIGN TARIC (COOL initialized with T), BECAUSE COOL". My Deaf friend, Suzanne, gave me my sign name, because she said I'm a cool guy.

OT, I've noticed the sign for COOL is different on the west coast. I saw someone tell me, no that's NEAT. His sign for COOL was my sign for HMMMM. Either way, I think it's just as good for me to be cool as it is neat.
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...OT, I've noticed the sign for COOL is different on the west coast. I saw someone tell me, no that's NEAT. His sign for COOL was my sign for HMMMM. Either way, I think it's just as good for me to be cool as it is neat.
Can you please describe your signs for COOL and HMMMM?

Our sign in SC for NEAT is similar to the one shown at ASLPRO.com. Is that the west coast sign?
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Can you please describe your signs for COOL and HMMMM?

Our sign in SC for NEAT is similar to the one shown at ASLPRO.com. Is that the west coast sign?
Yes, my sign for COOL or NEAT is the same one shown on ASLPro.com Home. To make my sign for HMMMM, use a "5" handshape, palm facing down; touch your thumb to your chest, and twiddle your fingers (like signing DIRT, but the hand is lower, thumb touching the chest).
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Yes, my sign for COOL or NEAT is the same one shown on ASLPro.com Home.
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To make my sign for HMMMM, use a "5" handshape, palm facing down; touch your thumb to your chest, and twiddle your fingers (like signing DIRT, but the hand is lower, thumb touching the chest).
Like the FANCY sign at ASLPRO.com?
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Sign T and hand palm *backforth* sound alike "owing"
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Like the FANCY sign at ASLPRO.com?
If I'm thinking of the same thing, it's that sign, but with the hand oriented horizontally (FANCY/FORMAL is vertical on ASLPRO, right?), palm down.
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Could I ask for common name signs for names starting with J? Would like to learn of a couple besides J at the shoulder.
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My sign name is "L" on back of my palm, like the sign for church. The thumb "L" part is on back of palm.
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Like the FANCY sign at ASLPRO.com?
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If I'm thinking of the same thing, it's that sign, but with the hand oriented horizontally (FANCY/FORMAL is vertical on ASLPRO, right?), palm down.
Lynn Jameson signs FANCY, similar to how I sign HMMM. Remember, the palm is facing down. There is no sign for FORMAL on ASLPro, and FORMAL is a different sign, with the back of the hand facing your dominant side.
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Sign T and hand palm *backforth* sound alike "owing"
Pure ol'e simple!
Um, GalaxyAngel, that doesn't seem simple to me. What are "owing" and "*backforth*"?
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Unread 01-06-2007, 04:59 PM   #30
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Could I ask for common name signs for names starting with J? Would like to learn of a couple besides J at the shoulder.
There is a book by Samuel J. Supalla called The Book of Name Signs, Naming in American Sign Language (Dawn Sign Press, 1992) that explains name signs, and shows illustrations of common name signs for each letter of the alphabet.

Some of the "J" name signs were "brushing" the J:

in the space in front of the body

at the forehead

on the chin

at the shoulder

on the elbow

inside the crook of the arm

on the chest

on the back of the opposite hand


I also know some Deaf people who combine their first initial "J" with the initial of their last name. For example, someone named James Richards might use J-R on the shoulder. When the J is combined with another letter, then the J is just "swooped" instead of using the two short "brushing" movements. If the J is used alone, it's normally two short brushes.

If this sign name is for yourself, normally you would wait until a member of the Deaf community assigns one to you.
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