A concerned mother has taken to Mumsnet for advice. Her daughter is set to start school soon but the mother is comtemplating changing her name legally as there are 2 others in her class with the same name.
"My daughter is 4 years old and I gave her a name which I thought was very original as I hadn't heard another girl called it in about 20 years." the woman wrote.
"She is due to start full time education in September and there will be 2 other girls with the same name, so 3 in the class including my daughter."
"Totally hacked off and really upset by this. Maybe an over reaction but I was one of 5 named the same in my class and vowed never to have my daughter live with the same. Now history is being repeated."
"Am I being unreasonable to change my daughter's name before *she starts*? I love her name but HATE it's so common now."
She then went on to reveal her daughter's name is Esmée (at least for now).
People were quick to chime in with their opinion... Most opposing the idea.
"Don’t be ridiculous you can’t change a four year old’s name!" one person wrote.
"How on earth would you explain that to her? What happens if you change it and then next year there’s a new girl with the same name? Or several girls with the same name in high school?"
Somone else simply wrote the idea was 'ridiculous', and suggested that she may give her daughter a complex if she went through with it.
Do you think changing a child's name at that age is fair? Or should you wait until they are old enough to make that decision for themselves before doing anything.