Blizzard has announced another round of free transfers for players of select realms. My realm happens to be one of them, and many players on the server are scrambling to take care of last-minute preparations before hitting the transfer button and moving their toons. All the while, because the destination realm is a new server closed to new character creation, many are worried about their character names being taken by same-name individuals that beat them to the transfer-punch. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to this potential identity crisis.
Instead of rushing a transfer in order to keep your name and potentially missing something important along the way, find a source realm that doesn't have a toon with your name on it, create a character with that name, and then immediately transfer it to the destination realm. Then, when you are ready to transfer your own character to the new realm, delete the newly created toon and transfer yours over with name intact.
Easy enough, right? But understand, it's not a sure thing.
In a scenario in which your name is very common or popular, you may be unable to find a source realm without a character with that name already. In such a case, it'd be best to take care of your business quickly and efficiently, and then transferring asap. It takes a little bit of patience and luck, but unfortunately, it's your only option.
Good luck! =)