Anne Moss is my first name

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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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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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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