Anne Moss is my first name


Just so you know, Anne Moss is my first name. It’s a double name–a Southern thing. Not Anne. Not Moss. Not Moss-Rogers. Anne Moss. Then Rogers, the last name.

Moss was my grandmother’s maiden name. And since my grandmother had two girls, the Moss name was in danger of dying out. So my mother attached the Moss to my name for a double name.

In North Carolina, this is not uncommon.

I have often been asked, “Can I call you Anne?” Well, no because that’s only half my name. Many of you might not have realized that was my first name.

Don’t worry, I’m used to explaining it. “AM” is fine but I don’t want to lose my grandmother’s legacy. So I explain it over and over which I expect to do because I’ve done it my whole life. I am not offended.

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AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

3 thoughts on “Anne Moss is my first name”

  1. Many, many years ago I had a roommate who had two names as did her siblings! This is common in the Deep South; thanks for the clarification.

  2. I love it. I thought it was part of your last name. Thanks for the clarification. My son’s bestie’s name is Sarah Ashby. If I had had a little girl, her name would’ve been Sarah Gray….

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