I know. Weird question, but it pops up from time to time.
Most people say NO immediately.
A few of us say yes.
I actually have two aliases and for very different reasons. One is female, the other male.
My male alias came into being in my childhood and for incredibly pragmatic reasons. I learned to ski at the age of 9, and when you're a kid, unless your parents are incredibly wealthy, you go to swap meets to buy your equipment used as you outgrow it. One year, my skis came with a name already embossed into them, and since I didn't grow enough to warrant new ones, I skiied on them for three seasons. When you're skiing alone, and waiting in a lift line, you yell SINGLE to pair up for the lift ride to the top. When you're on the chair lift with your new partner, whom you've never met, you have time to talk before you get to the top.
With my hair tucked into a hat and a poufy parka zipped over my generous boobs (I began wearing a bra in 4th grade), my gender was indeterminate and KEVIN D. MOORE was emblazoned across my skis: and so my first alias was born. ("Hey, Kev, how are the slopes?")
Then came college and the dating scene outside of my somewhat insular high school dating experiences...when guys ask your name at a bar, they don't want to hear "Kathy Smith". They get angry and think you're doing the equivalent of giving them false digits. They get hostile, in fact, so Karen Hamilton was born. It didn't matter that she didn't exist, she was better than Kathy Smith.
"You're nowhere near as plain as your name suggests!"
WOW, really? Yes. I've heard that.
One year in college, 6 guys from the Stanford football team came up to my all female campus for the "feminist alliance dance". The guard at the gate said the lesbians didn't want them there and asked who they were there to see. They made up the name Kathy Smith and were granted admittance. There were two of us in the same dorm, actually, but because my name was first, lucky me, I got them. They each came equipped with their own case of beer, rearranged the living room furniture to tackle it, passed out on the couches and caused a rift between me and the poor woman charged with cleaning our dorm when she found them the next morning and was told whom they "belonged" to...
While It's no longer my last name, to this day when asked "Do you have an alias?" I laugh and say "Two!"
Do you have an alias?
If so, WHY??