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Unread 11-17-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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Question I have a question

can a hearing person give themselves their own sign name?
I thought someone within the deaf community had to give someone their sign name.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 01:11 PM   #2
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I have an answer. No.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 01:13 PM   #3
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can a hearing person give themselves their own sign name?
I thought someone within the deaf community had to give someone their sign name.
you just answered your own question
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Unread 11-17-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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You can choose a sign name for yourself. But be prepared to have someone in the deaf community "assign" a new one to you. I choose my sign name and it got changed by my deaf friends. I like it very much so I cannot complain.

If it's a concern for you just discuss it with the deaf folks and you will have a nice sign name before you know it.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 01:26 PM   #5
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Okay thats exactly what I thought.
my asl teacher and I were signing to each other one day about having sign names and she told me that only people in the deaf community could give someone else a sign name.
so a few minutes later I saw my friend and i said "aw i want a sign name." and thats when my friend told me that she gave herself a sign name. I told her that she couldnt do that only someone in the deaf community could do that and she just proceeded to tell me that she could. so I just said whatever..
I swear she gets on my nerves sometimes. she thinks she knows EVERYTHING.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 01:27 PM   #6
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You can choose a sign name for yourself. But be prepared to have someone in the deaf community "assign" a new one to you. I choose my sign name and it got changed by my deaf friends. I like it very much so I cannot complain.

If it's a concern for you just discuss it with the deaf folks and you will have a nice sign name before you know it.
Yep. Make deaf friends. They will get tired of finger spelling your name in short order.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 01:30 PM   #7
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She can give herself a sign name .. but she will be the only one who recognizes it or uses it ;-).
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Yep. Make deaf friends. They will get tired of finger spelling your name in short order.
exactly!
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Unread 11-17-2011, 03:28 PM   #9
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I am currently on sign name #2. first sign name i recieved i accepted immediately cuz darn it that was a deaf person and she gave me a name!

as the years went by, i started disliking my sign name more and more. i mean, i accepted so fast, i didn't much consider if it would be something i'd like long term...so i went to the same person who gave me the name in the first place (she and i are close) and asked her if she would give me another name. and she was happy to oblige.

that was 2 years ago since she gave me name #2. this past May, i got a SERIOUS haircut and now my second sign name doesn't much match anymore (initialized for long hair). but i still like it. i won't be asking for another one.

that is unless she suggests i change it...
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My sign name give by hearie parents, but my name is word not name, so name sign just sign word. Boring.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 03:46 PM   #11
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My sign name give by hearie parents, but my name is word not name, so name sign just sign word. Boring.
I can think of only one sign (or sign combo) that would match your name. Now you got me sitting here thinking up sign names for you.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 04:17 PM   #12
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Is just sign "sunshine".

Link add: http://www.signingsavvy.com/sign/SUNSHINE/1418/1
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The lady I met was 'sun-year' once... or maybe it meant something different in that context.
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I was wondering why one can't give oneself a sign name,
why it has to be done by a community, please?

After all, our legal names are the names our parents chose us, nobody else.

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Unread 11-18-2011, 06:42 PM   #15
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Tradition. This how is always done.
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My son came home doing his signs for his siblings. Do I discourage him from using these signs for them?? (Keep in mind I am hearing, he is deaf one sibling is hoh and two are hearing) he is in a hearing program through the schools which boils down to a two hour long session with 3 hearing impaired teachers and one interpreter. I don't want to crush his little 4 year old dreams or anything but if it isn't correct I want him to be taught the right way.
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Please do not discourage your little boy from showing his siblings how to sign.
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Unread 11-19-2011, 12:18 PM   #18
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I was wondering why one can't give oneself a sign name,
why it has to be done by a community, please?

After all, our legal names are the names our parents chose us, nobody else.

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Cultural values and tradition

Like you said, your parents gave you your legal name. One does not name oneself.
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When I became deaf, and went to a deaf school, there were 3 girls with the same first name...so someone (I forgot who)...gave me a sign with the first and last ititial of my name, displayed upon my shoulder...well, I got married, so the last initial has changed....but they still sign my name with the old initial...oh well!....I've seen some strange signs for names!...
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Unread 11-19-2011, 05:23 PM   #20
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can a hearing person give themselves their own sign name?
I thought someone within the deaf community had to give someone their sign name.
Like a special handshake? Oh yeah, we have one but very secret. Only deafies know secret handshake.

Why would 'hearing' person need sign name? Are they Natives? So, maybe "Blue Rain" be *your* special name?
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The first sign name I ever received was the sign for "huh?" next to forehead, given to me by my first ASL teacher because I was the only one in class that ever asked questions. Years later, my deaf friends gave me and my hubby and kids the sign name (of sorts) of simply the intitials of our first and last name. Why? Because I would muck up spelling out names when I was excitedly telling a story about someone so, from now on we are all just two letters, easy fast and hard to muck up lol.
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no sign name hear but everyone online, and some real people call me tigershark or TSD................Its my alias..LOLz
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I was wondering why one can't give oneself a sign name,
why it has to be done by a community, please?

After all, our legal names are the names our parents chose us, nobody else.

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See, even your legal birth name wasn't for you to choose for yourself.

Even hearing people get nicknames from other people. They don't usually pick them for themselves.

It's just one of those things we live with.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 03:48 AM   #24
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LOL i've been deaf most of my life and I don't even have a sign name!!
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LOL i've been deaf most of my life and I don't even have a sign name!!
What?!? That almost seems sad...
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LOL i've been deaf most of my life and I don't even have a sign name!!
I think it's time to socialize more. The more people talk about you, the more they need a sign name for you.

Oh, that reminds me of one downside... I have a friend (not really a friend) that picked up a new sign name that she did not like. Her sign name became "scary" signed up one arm for goose bumps. She had a habit of becoming attached to a guy and then attempting to totally control him. She was also very negative about everything. If you have an ailment, her's was worse. It got to the point that people would make excuses not to attend a party if they knew she was going to be there.
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Hahaha... you folks in the Deaf community showing your *subtle* nature again. I love it!
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LOL i've been deaf most of my life and I don't even have a sign name!!
me too... but then again... my name is only 3 letters long...
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See, even your legal birth name wasn't for you to choose for yourself.
It's true, but that's because I was a newborn and incapable of it

That's why my parents did it for me.

But see, MY parents did it, so thus someone very next of kin,
hence ALMOST me. I know, it's a stretch, but you get my gist, eh?

So, maybe picking your own signing name is not quite the same,
but okay, I understand the tradition was set already.


So, is there some sort of signing god-parents who chose the sign-name,
or how it done?

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You can legally change your birth name. You can also tell other deffies that you do not like your sign name and ask that they come up with an alternative. Ive seen it happen more than once at Gallaudet U. Of course, there were a few that pissed off enough deffies that their sign name stuck and could not be changed because everyone on campus seemed to know about it. Usually these were deaf/hoh folks that came from a very audist background and refused to integrate or at least learn about deaf culture.
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