When I was born, I was given the name Michelle Aileen Beechey.
When I got married, my name changed to Michelle Aileen Rose
When I was in my 20's, I was given the nickname, "MOTH," based on an internet alias.
When I moved to Hawaii, I became known simply as, "Aeri."
And now, feeling a return to my roots, I am choosing to be known by my middle name, Aileen, for the remainder of my adult life. I just like the name and it's MY NAME given at birth, to all the women of my family, for generations and generations.
It's a middle name given preference as a first name, which is totally legit.
I've already met a few new people and introduced myself as Aileen. Feels right, yo.
Think I'm going to make it legal.
This has to do partially with the name I want to see on the front cover of my novel...I like the vision of Aileen Rose on the cover of a book that I wrote. Fits me.