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Should a 10 year old child be allowed to change his name?

my sister is considering allowing her son to change his name, he has a foreign name(his father is from france)and he dislikes this because some kids are teasing him in school,and many people mispronounce it and have trouble reading it(such as doctors ect,) i cautioned her this may happen when she told me what she intended to name him before he was born. she felt strongly about the name anyways. now she and her husband are divorced .now she tells me she never liked the name and it was all her ex husbands choosing. the boy is 10 will be 11 the end of the month. i think this is a very bad idea, wont it be confusing to not only other children, but himself. she intends to legally change his name because he, a 10 year old, wants to!! he is also choosing his new name (which has changed now several times) my sister asked me if i think it is a good idea, which i do not. i told her i would be asking others what their feelings were. so far each and every person whom i asked feel this is a foolish idea. is it a wise idea to change the name of a 10 year old

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Well if both of them would like to change it then there shouldn't be any problems.

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No, unless the names something stupid like sockcheese. I hated my name when I was little. And now I've grown to enjoy it and realize it makes me unique. Kids are going to make fun of him no matter what. They'll find something else. Embrace his individuality and learn to brush off the insolent punks.

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i agree with you, i tried to explain this to the child , he doesnt see things this way though at 10. my husband tried to explain the same point as he disliked his name as a kid,(he is italian) but now he loves it because,as you said, it makes him unique, people even know who he is in business just by his first name. too bad my sister cannot think past the present. thankyou
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Perhaps he should use a nickname. Regardless, unless the father's parental rights were revoked, she can't do it on her own. It has to be a mutual agreement between her and the father.

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good idea, i thought a nickname would be good to, i remember my father,before he passed away, would always call him by a nickname and people were responding to it as well, and i know you are right about the mutual agreement, my sister is not even concidering asking the ex. terrible , i think
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Yeah, people often think that way, that the ex is just out of the picture. If you have a child with someone, that someone is in your life for the rest of your life.
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Oh, I forgot to mention, there has to be a legit legal reason for a name change, other than just "I don't like it" because it has to get approved by a judge... unless the boy is going through the naturalization process or is getting married/divorced.
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thanks quester, good advice, i will definatly mention this to my sister, i dont think she realizes this wont be so easy.
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Welcome :) if you need more info, the Social Security Office website has pages on the name change process.
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Depends if the parents agree on it!

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NO maybe when he's 18

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thankyou, i agree, especially since he has changed his mind now so many times ,thanks
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At that age,no. But what you could do instead of changing his whole name is you could sign up the kid next year as the name that he wants to be. This way,his names still there,but people won't make fun of it. Later on,when he's 18,he'll be able to change it if he chooses to.

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thankyou madeylynn, i agree, wait until 18. good advice
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No make him wait till hes older to make sure he wont change his mind

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thankyou wildcatfan, i agree with you, especially since he has already change his mind on the new name several times, it changes weekly. this week it is drake, i think he got that from a show he is watching on nickalodeon. thanksy
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Normaly i would say he should wait until hes older and more mature to make such a decision but if its a really awful name and its truely something he wants i suppose he could do it. She still has to convince a judge tho. And unless dad is totally out of the picture he may have some legal say in the matter.

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thankyou, good answer
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Yes

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