Changing Names

What if your child rejects the name you gave her? Tip: if you ignore her, it won't go away

This just in: A judge in New York City has rejected a father's petition to change his son's name from Francis to Frank. Citing famous Francises in history--Assisi, Sinatra, Coppola--the judge observed that the name has a classy pedigree. And besides, he wrote, the kid can always just tell people to call him Frank. This decision is bad news for our 10-year-old, who has long hoped to change her name from Emily to Emili. She made the switch informally in third grade, when she was looking for something more sophisticated. Suddenly, a name rich in literary allusion looked like a typo....

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