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On the next page I'll suggest specific guidelines on how to change names in transcripts, but first some general preamble.
If your data is from a broadcast source (for example, a television talk show, or a radio phone-in), then people have knowingly identified themselves to the world at large, and there would normally be no reason to anonymise them in a scholarly paper. (Indeed, it would be odd to do so, if they were politicians or other public figures).
On the other hand, if you have recorded the talk of people in private conversations, then you will have asked for their explicit informed consent. Increasingly, this is done with a consent form that people sign; and on that form, it is standard practice to include the promise that you will only publish their talk in a form that will not identify the individuals personally.
You will need to change people's names and any other identifying information - placenames, addresses and so on.
Pseudonyms add vividness But they must be used carefully. These are useful rough-and-ready guidelines to get you going. On some occasions, they will be trumped by other considerations, but for the most part, they will be serviceable.
Now you're ready to for the next page, which gives you ten guidelines on how to change names.