Woman legally changes her ‘weird name’, mum loses the plot

Perhaps proving that the internet was a mistake, this week the world was made aware of a name change and the vicious maternal disappointment that followed. 

 

 

A woman who legally changed her name a year ago has recently been slammed by her family for not telling them sooner.

The woman, formerly named “Emma-Leigh Izobel ”, took to the subreddit r/AmItheAsshole for others to weigh in on if she is in the wrong in this situation.

“Mom (sic) likes unique names, and yes my siblings have similarly weird names,” she said. “And yes, the hyphen in my first name was a pain in the ass, and yes, I always had to spell it out for people.”

Throughout her life, she had gone by “Em” instead of her uniquely spelt birth name. Now known as “Emily Isabelle Lastname”, Emily claims to have changed the spelling for “professional purposes” and because she was tired of people spelling her name incorrectly.

After spending the last year or so altering her legal/personal affairs to reflect the change, she finally told her family—and they were not impressed.

 

Throughout her life, she had gone by “Em” instead of her uniquely spelt birth name. Now known as “Emily Isabelle Lastname”, Emily claims to have changed the spelling for “professional purposes” and because she was tired of people spelling her name incorrectly.

 

“I finally told my mother since it might be important someday. I figured she’d not like me changing it but she was actually very emotional. My sister also thinks I shouldn’t have changed it without telling anyone first and that it was mean to do that to our mom.”

The Redditors of r/AmItheAsshole overwhelmingly decided she was not the arsehole in the situation.

“You have to live with the name, not your mom. Plus, the changes are mostly spelling rather than sound, so it’s not like it’s changed anything drastic about what she calls you,” said one user.

Another added: “I get that naming your kid is a big deal, but some parents really seem to forget that they can only dictate what the kid gets called for so long. Once the kid develops their own opinions and personality? That goes out the window completely. I think the name your mom gave you was lovely, but I can also see where it might be frustrating.”

Not all were convinced, however. One user commented that “changing the name isn’t the problem, it’s doing it without having a heart to heart with her mother first that’s the problem.

“From her mother’s perspective, not only did her daughter throw away a name that she put a lot of thought into and loved, she didn’t even have the kindness to let her know and explain why she felt she needed to do it. Of course, she’s hurt.”

 

 

 

 

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