There are a few things to consider when naming your baby apart from “do I like the name?” You should ask yourself a series of questions:
“Will the name suit them as a baby AND as an adult?”
“Is there potential for kids to tease my child based on their name?” and
“Will they need to complete a university degree before they learn how to spell their name?”
One mum didn’t consider that last one, and well … now she’s p**sed her daughter took matters into her own hands.
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A woman has posted to Reddit asking if it was wrong of her to change her name a year after she had changed it legally, to better reflect what she has been known as all her life.
“My name used to be Emma-Leigh Izobel Lastname,” the US woman wrote in her post.
“I mostly went by Em and never my given name on social media and the like. Mum likes unique names, and yes my siblings have similarly weird names. And yes, the hyphen in my first name was a pain in the ass, and yes, I always had to spell it out for people.”
The woman said she is now “Emily” after changing it for “professional purposes” given the previous spelling “wasn’t suited for a more serious setting” and it was constantly misspelled.
While the woman legally changed her name a year ago, it has taken her many months to change her name on all of her legal and personal documentation.
She said she expected her mother wouldn’t be happy with the news, but when she told her she wasn’t expecting her to get so emotional about it.
“My sister also thinks I shouldn’t have changed it without telling anyone first and that it was mean to do that to our mom,” the women wrote.
“My mother is acting a bit over the top in my opinion and I don’t see how this is a huge deal, since the name is the same just spelled differently.”
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‘YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE NAME’
Most people agreed that the woman had every right to make the changes to her name.
“You have to live with the name, not your mom,” commented one person, adding, “the changes are mostly spelling rather than sound, so it’s not like it’s changed anything drastic about what she calls you.”
Another chimed in, “Seriously that name, as it was spelled before, was a tragedeigh.”
“I get that naming your kid is a big deal,” added another, “but some parents really seem to forget that they can only dictate what the kid gets called for so long. Once the kid develops their own opinions and personality, that goes out the window completely.”
One person said parents who choose unusual spellings for their children’s names are “making a foolish mistake” because “it doesn’t make them look creative and it doesn’t make their children seem unique.”
They added: “There’s a strong correlation between unusual name spellings and parents from the lower classes. While an oddly spelled name shouldn’t keep a person from educational or career possibilities, it will and it does.”
Did you choose an unusual spelling for your child, and if you, do you stand by that call?
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