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I’m adopting twin girls and their older brother next month but I have a slight problem. One of the girls names is Chloe, however my own daughter is also called Chloe, what should I do? Also, I don’t like their names, would it be okay to change them? and if so, to what? Their current names are Chloe McKenzie, Alisha McKenna and Timothy Phoenix. I strongly dislike all their names, except Chloe. My own children are called Chloe Elizabeth and Henry James. Please help. thank you.

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Poll created: Jul 16, 2013
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How old are they????
I’d name the girls Daphne and Phoebe and leave the boys name.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:14 PM | report
They are 8 months and their brother is 2 1/2
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:17 PM | report
Definitely change Chloe’s name, as you don’t need confusion (and I assume your Chloe’s older). The other 2 could stay. Depends on how old they are, too. From your description, it seems like Timothy is too old to have his name changed so I would keep it as is, but maybe give him a different middle name, one you like. You could always use a nickname if you don’t like Tim. For the girls it would depend on how old they are. Alicia or Alice would be slight variations of Alisha so her name would remain somewhat the same.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:17 PM | report
My Chloe is 6, Timothy is 2 1/2 years old could I still change it? I do like Alice more than Alisha, thank you
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:19 PM | report
Depending on the age, a change may be fine. If they’re very young, change them. If they’re older let them change it themselves. The adjustment will be easier if they pick it. My friend was adopted when she was 10 as were her younger sister and brother. They were 2 and 6 respectfully. She and her brother was allowed to change their names. Their sister had her name changed for her.
posted by KatyA :: Jul 16, 2013 01:20 PM | report
I would leave Tim/timmy alone as to not confuse him any more... but the girls you might be able to, but something similar...
Chloe to Zoey and Alisha(which I think is nice) to Alice/Ally/Alison/Lisa
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:21 PM | report
I would not change the boy’s name. He is old enough to know his name, and has probably been through enough change and trauma by now to not need any extra helpings.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:21 PM | report
Might I ask where the birth parents are?
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:22 PM | report
Chloe-Paige Mackenzie, Emily Jane
Alisha-Clara Grace, Aria Claire
Timothy-Ethan Shane, Collin Tyler
Like Any?
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:22 PM | report
I would keep Timothy. He’s old enough to know his name. If you don’t like Alisha and since 2 Chloe’s would be confusing, they’re young enough to adjust to new names. Do you have any names you would like to change them to? Just one example:
Chloe, Henry, Timothy, Christina and Alice.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:23 PM | report
Maybe, if you must, change tiMOTHY to MATHias,
gradually.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:24 PM | report
I was thinking of changing Chloe to Sophie and Alisha to Alicia (Ah-liss-ee-uh) and keeping their middle names. any thoughts on that? - poll poster
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:24 PM | report
I think Sophie is a good change for Chloe. Alicia will cause problems for her because most people will pronounce it like Alisha and then she might ask why her name was changed at all. Alice or Alyssa would be good changes. I don’t think you should change the boy’s name, though.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:26 PM | report
I would keep Timothy. Maybe Timothy Philip, Timothy Peter, or Timothy Franklin? If you really dislike Timothy, though, maybe Theodore.

Chloe would have to change to avoid confusion. Maybe Phoebe Kerensa, Zoe Melanie, or Clarissa Mallory?

Alisha McKenna could be changed to Alice May, Elisa Carys, or Alana Miriam, maybe?


Whatever you do, I wish you the best of luck with your new precious additions! :-)

~God bless!
posted by Ms. Lyons :: Jul 16, 2013 01:28 PM | report
I’d rather not share information about their birth parent, sorry. I do like Clara for Chloe, thank you - poll poster
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:28 PM | report
I would spell Alicia Alisia. I know a girl with that name and that is how she spells it.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:31 PM | report
Keep their names. I am guessing something happened to their birth parents and they deserve to have a peice of them.
Also, I would stop refering to your birth children as "my kids" it puts a huge divide and they are all "your kids".
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:31 PM | report
We’re thinking of Clara and Alice. any thoughts? - poll poster
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:32 PM | report
I was just using my kids to avoid confusion of the Chloe’s really, I do understand your point they are all my children now. - poll poster
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:34 PM | report
I had this too, except it was when my husband and I were engaged and our children had the same name. I think Timothy is great and he is older, and Timmy is a cute nickname. I think Sophia is better than Sophie, so maybe use Sophie as a nickname (even though im not found of the name) I dont Alicia, I think Alyssa would be better. Maybe Alyssa and Tara? I think CHloe, Henry, Timmy, Alyssa and Tara are very cute and great!
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:34 PM | report
WELL Said!
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:35 PM | report
You mentioned that you may change Alisha to Alicia, my name is Alicia and I can tell you that everyone WILL pronounce it differently. I had a horrible time in school with new teachers and kids in my classes. My name is pronounce Ah-lee-sha, but spelling and pronunciation of the name is hard for everyone.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:35 PM | report
Okay good. I only said that because I was adopted at 8 and my adoptive parents often refered to their birth children as "their natural kids". It was very hurtful even though I don’t think they meant it to be. Blending adopted children into a family is an amazing thing to do but also a difficult one. I wish you all the best of luck.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:37 PM | report
Maybe keep their initials at least?
Instead of Chloe- Cora, Caitlin, Clara, Ciara, or Courtney
Instead of Alisha- Abigail, Ainsley, Aria, Arabella, Anastasia, Aurora, Alia, Alexa or Ariella.
Instead of Timothy- Tate, Trey, Tyler, Thomas, Troy, Teagan, Talen, or Trace?
Good luck!
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:37 PM | report
Timothy Phoenix = Timothy Felix
Chloe McKenzie = Clara Stephanie
Alisha McKenna = Alice Miranda

How are these?
posted by WilmaMonkey :: Jul 16, 2013 01:39 PM | report
I like Clara and Alicia/Alisia
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:40 PM | report
i think u should change Chloe McKenzie to McKenzie Chloe, but leave her siblings’ names as they are
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:40 PM | report
They are and will always be my children from now on, I will love them equally as my own and never want to set them apart from Chloe or Henry. I was thinking of changing Chloe McKenzie to Clara Marissa and Alisha McKenna to Abigail Madeline. what do you think about those names? and also changing Timothy Phoenix to Timothy Patrick? - poll poster
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:43 PM | report
I would at least keep one of their names if you feel you must change them. I wouldn’t though if I were you. Those names are part of their past. You can’t erase that. If you feel like you must:
Clara McKenzie
Abigail McKenna
Timothy Phoenix
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:48 PM | report
I like your choices poll poster. They sound great. Just so you know, my step-sister and I had the same name, and it didn’t get too confusing just because we had nick names, if that would be an option for you. My step-mom named her Kaytlinn knowing full well my name was already Kaytlyn. But that’s a whole other issue :) I think if you nick name them, it shouldn’t be a problem,but I do like your other name choices.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:51 PM | report
I know for certain I have to change Chloe’s name, having 2 Chloe’s wouldn’t work and she’d know she was adopted which we weren’t planning on telling them until they were old enough to understand. We are keeping Timothy though and maybe their middle names
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:51 PM | report
I agree- Keep the middle names.
Clara McKenzie, Abigail McKenna and
Timothy Phoenix sound great and aren’t too much of a change. No one will really know their middle names, but it will mean a lot to them when they are older that they have the middle names their birth parents chose for them.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:52 PM | report
You could always give Chloe a nickname, call her by her middle name, etc.
Something just doesn’t seem right to be with completely changing their names. Sorry.
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 01:54 PM | report
Thank you everyone. We decided on Clara McKenzie and Abigail McKenna and keeping Timothy Phoenix as it is
posted by guest :: Jul 16, 2013 02:18 PM | report

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