Cognymations are popular amongst people who change their names for deeply personal reasons. For example, many transgender people choose a new name to reflect their gender. Other people change their names for spiritual or religious reasons.
Regardless of the given person's reasons, a sense of a new beginning often accompanies a name change. This is sometimes marked during a cognymation. Actual procedures and methods vary widely, as cognymations are a relatively new phenomenon in Western cultures.
"Why's that, what's going on?" Alice asked.
"My name change will be legal by then," she answered, "and that's when my pastor and I will be holding my cognymation. I can't wait to celebrate with everyone. I hope you can make it!"
"Cool! I'll do my best. Why did you pick "Rebecca" again?"
"That's part of what we'll be explaining at the cognymation," Rebecca said with a smile.