My name is Adam An. My first name is Adam [ædəm] and my last name is An [æn] - it sounds like “Anne”. I use he/him pronouns.
My legal first name is Zeal [zil] - or, if you have the feel-fill merger like I do, [zɪl]. Because of this, my personal username is theycallmezeal or tcmzeal on various places across the Internet.
Otherwise, I hardly use the name Zeal. I publish as Adam An; please refer to me as Adam.
Frequently asked questions
Where did Zeal come from?
I truthfully have no idea, but I’m not the first Asian-American person to have an unusual English name.
Why’d you start going by Adam?
Because I like it! I got it from a little-known Cartoon Network show called My Gym Partner’s A Monkey when I was in second grade. By high school I started using it in a few circles after discovering the convenience of not having to spell or explain your name every time. I switched over entirely the day I started college.
Do you have a middle name?
Ryan. I never use this in practice, but it’s what I’ve decided I’ll put on the form if I ever change my name legally. There’s no significance to it other than the fact that I like that it ends in an A and a nasal. Other candidates were Ethan and Tristan, but let’s be real, am I a Tristan?
Do you have zeal?
I used to get this so much that it’s the single biggest reason I don’t use that name any more.