A) What does your real name mean, and/or why was it given it to you? You don't have to reveal your actual name when you answer this, if you like. Bonus points for additional names you were almost given. ;)
I think I've done this pretty recently. ;) My name comes from The Silmarillion, and was the name of the Maia of the Sun in Elvish mythology - the demi-goddess who guided the sun across the sky. I'll quote directly:
The maiden whom the Valar chose from among the Maiar to guide the vessel of the Sun was named Arien, and he that steered the island of the Moon was Tilion. In the days of the Trees Arien had tended the golden flowers in the gardens of Vana, and watered them with the bright dews of Laurelin; but Tilion was a hunter of the company of Orome, and he had a silver bow. He was a lover of silver, and when he would rest he forsook the woods of Orome, and going into Lorien he lay in dream by the pools of Este, in Telperion's flickering beams; and he begged to be given the task of tending for ever the last Flower of Silver. Arien the maiden was mightier than he, and she was chosen because she had not feared the heats of Laurelin, and was unhurt by them, being from the beginning a spirit of fire, whom Melkor had not deceived nor drawn to his service. Too bright were the eyes of Arien for even the Eldar to look upon, and leaving Valinor she forsook the form and raiment which like the Valar she had worn there, and she ws as a naked flame, terrible in the fullness of her splendour." -- The Silmarillion, 1977 Edition, pp. 99-101
There's more, but it's bloody long. Hee hee. Sorry; I just think it's so cool that my name is from something Tolkien. :D
My parents were/are hard-core Tolkien-geeks. They were *going* to name me Arwen, but my Nanny thought that was too weird. They were also going to name me Robyn, but since my dad's name is Robin, I guess they thought that would be too confusing. Not that anyone pronounces my name correctly *anyway*. Mum says that had I been a boy, I would have been named Cody. Don't know why, or what it means. Really, though, kids in our family have weird names. My sisters are Faya Jane (Jane at my insistence at the age of four) and Kiley Gwynn. And then there's Lise and her sister. Our family's weird. ;)
B) If your online and/or writing name is different from your real one, what does it mean and why did you choose it? If you have multiple known screen/pennames, feel free to explain as many as you like.
I think I was asked this at a con once, and I either didn't have a backstory or couldn't think of one...
The very first big (as in, seriously personal to me) story/ridiculously ambitious novel project I ever wrote was and is a series called The Amulet Saga (yes, well... I started it when I was thirteen... what do you expect? ;). The main character's name was Areahannah. I *almost* used Areahannah. I started out online using Mouse, because at the time I was doing mainly ReBoot fanfiction and... well... Mouse rocks. ;)
Areahannah started out as a blatant Mary Sue. Still is, a little, but now she can get away with it and is no longer much like me. And there's no more twinking. Well... less. Anyway... I thought using Areahannah would be really obvious, because I think I *knew* she was a Mary Sue (even though at the time I didn't know what the term meant) and didn't want to admit it. ;) So. I used her middle name instead. Her middle name has since changed. Chandri's now all me. :D