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Monday, November 20, 2006
One of the other things that keeps popping in our minds as we wait for things to get going is naming the adopted child. It's a big decision that really has no right or wrong answer, or more accurately no wrong choice since I think whatever the parents decide is the right answer. Unless of course you choose something like Ulysses Ernest in which case the kid is going to get an ass kicking at school for at least the next 10 years.

But no, I actually was talking about should you rename the child or stick with their given name. There are a number of factors that may impact your decision.

First, depending on the country you are adopting from the given name may be very difficult to pronounce in English (again think "ass kicking" factor). However, it may also be a very pretty sounding name so you may wish to keep it.

Or you may have a special family name that you may want to pass down to your child. Or want to honor a grandparent or someone else special in your life. Another factor may be your desire to honor the birth country, so you may pick for example a Russian name but not their birth name due to the birth name being hard to pronounce.

And of course maybe it's just that there's a name you really like. Maybe it's part of your dream for a family that keeps you going through all the ups and downs of international adoption. Whatever your choice or your reasons they're the right ones.

As for me, if it's a boy I do want to rename him. I was thinking "Napoleon Alexander Caesar" but I got voted down. Actually it was more like Stef telling me to shut up, don't give the kid a reason to hate you before he's even seen you, and go write the blog story.
posted by Steveg @ 4:40 PM  
  • At 3:34 AM, Blogger MMrussianadoption said…

    Funny post. We are renaming the first name and putting his given name as his middle name. Same for a girl if they find us one.

    Speaking of names. That rerun of Friends was on last night where Phoebe goes to change her last name, but instead changes her whole name to Princess Consuela Bananahammack. That might be a good name for you to try out.

  • At 2:42 PM, Blogger Jenni said…

    Funny post and funny comment from Melissa!

    We began our adoption with the intention of completely changing our kids' names. But once we met them, we felt that their Russian names were part of who they are. So, we kept Vika's Russian name for her first name, and Eamon's Russian name (Nikolay) as his middle name. However, I am a bit sad that I didn't get to choose the names for either of my kids (Jeff chose Eamon's name). I've been picking out names for kids since I was a kid myself! Oh well, maybe next time...

  • At 10:19 PM, Blogger Rhonda said…

    Haha, I LOVE that episode of Friends mentioned in the first comment. If you change the name, the judge will probably ask you why in court. Not a big deal at all, since people change them all of the time. But, I'd really like to see you explain Napoleon Alexander Caesar to a stoic Russian judge. LOL.

    We kept the first names and changed the middle ones. But ours were really easy to pronounce. Some of our friends were adopting a girl named "Vaselina". Yeah, they changed that one really fast.

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