Adopting a Toddler: Would You Change His Name?

Suzanne Murray

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Many parents of adoption struggle with the issue of changing their child's name. Some parents feel the name is sacred and should never be changed—it's often the only sense of connection a child has with his birth parents. Other parents don't like the child's given name or they feel it won't fit in the community—it would constantly be mispronounced or misspelled. And some parents compromise—they give their child a new first name, but keep their given name as a middle name.

What do you think about changing a toddler's given birth name?


When adopting a toddler, is it okay to change their given name?

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