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Given name or new name?

  1. Mrs. Pen

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21616 posts

    I'm bumping this thread because I find it really interesting...

    What about the case of international adoptions, where many times you get the referral before the child is a year old, however you can't bring them home until they're much older - do you give them a name that's more Americanized so to speak, so that it's easier to say? Even though this toddler has gone by X name their whole life?

  2. Arden

    honeydew / 7589 posts

    @Mrs. Pen: I especially wouldn't change it in the case of an older international adoption. I'd be doing everything I could (including learning as much as I could of their home language) to keep their culture alive and a part of them! People can just learn to pronounce it.

  3. Dandelion

    watermelon / 14206 posts

    My friend adopted a baby from Taiwan last year. They knew almost right after the baby was born that they were getting her, even though it was almost a year to get her home. But, they chose a name for her right away and the place where the baby was staying (orphanage? I don't know) called her by that name as soon as they let them know. I think, though, the baby's middle name is something Chinese. But my friend is also from Taiwan so I think it bonds them a bit.

  4. hotchildinthecity

    nectarine / 2272 posts

    With the child we're interested in, the birth mom named him and we actually really like the name. It has a nice meaning and easily would have a short nickname he could go by. We would also like to honor his heritage.

  5. Booker504

    pea / 13 posts

    My stepdaughter, adopted internationally at 13 months, has an American first name and her birth name became her middle name.


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