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Should we give vs. new name or vs. keep old one?

I have 4 kids named Aidan Parker (14), Erica Francesca (11), James Cooper (We call him by his middle name because James is ridiculously overused, he’s 9) and Cora Kennedy (7). I recently married a man named Mark, and he has 2 kids himself. There’s Alexis Mae (16) and Max Cole (10). We are adopting a girl who is 12, and her given name was Tammy Grace. Do you think we should keep it or change it? It’s not our favorite name, but since she is 12, we feel it might be a big change. What do you think? If you say to change it, would you leave an opinion on names below? Thanks :) -Libby

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Poll created: Aug 18, 2013
Total Votes: 9


If she’s twelve, I think you need to ask her what she thinks. I could see it being a huge problem if she saw it as you trying to take her name away from her.
posted by cc :: 4 years ago | report
Give her the option to change her name. Tell her names you like and see if she likes any of them. Maybe she’ll find something she likes more than Tammy and maybe she’ll keep her name.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Keep it. Or maybe slightly change it?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I would definitely, definitely keep it. I’m not sure why you’re even thinking of changing it, unless the little girl is adamant about it.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
MIGHT BE a big change???? Why don’t YOU change your style and tell HER that she has a LOVELY name, if you’re adopting her---I don’t really understand how you can adopt when you have so many kids, while so many people want ONE....
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I think it would be a change, but depending on her past maybe she doesnt want any memory and to change it. I know someone who did that, she changed everything except her looks. I would ask her if she wants to change her name and what to maybe? Or give her a list and she can pick?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Let her decide.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Not okay at all. She has a past and you can\’t and shouldn\’t erase that from her. If you aren\’t ready to accept her and her past then maybe you need to rethink your plan to adopt.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
No. Don’t change her name. That’s way past the acceptable age for name changing. Nickname her, don’t rename her.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Hate hate hate that name but she’s 12 so it’s not right to change. Yet I’m sure at 12 if I was given the choice to help pick a new name for myself, I would have taken it.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
That’s not her given name, it’s HER NAME. She’s 12. And even if she asks to change it, the new name is 100% her choice, not yours.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Keep it the same, its not your choice
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
DEFF not change it! She’s 12 years old. It will only confuse her! PLUS, it’s not a bad name. :)
posted by A. :: 4 years ago | report

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