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to change her name to Doris...

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bertieatemybisqui Mon 17-Nov-14 20:18:11

Hello I'm new to all of this so please go easy on me!

My dd is 13 months and called Emma. Only somehow Doris has evolved.

It started off as a nickname but in the last six months it became the default choice. Now she seems like a Doris. We bizarrely answers to both. She also answers to Monkey!

Now I know I'm probably giving her an identity crisis and I know Doris is a marmite name but it seems to have evolved...

So much so that in a few years the change could be made by deed poll.

Is this nuts?

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 17-Nov-14 20:20:23

Yes, yes it is nuts.

formerbabe Mon 17-Nov-14 20:21:26

No you are not nuts! I have given my dd a similar old fashioned nickname! I won't say what it is as it might out me! Like your dd, mine also responds to both names! I think its cute!

Bowlersarm Mon 17-Nov-14 20:22:32

Yes, nuts. Just call her Doris as a pet family name.

Totally nuts. People can have a nickname they use all the time - that's fine. But don't change by deed poll.

I might be biased as Doris to me is my great aunt who lived to 99 and looked like a mean old skeksie from the dark crystal movies...

bertieatemybisqui Mon 17-Nov-14 20:25:53

Is it the name Doris that's nuts?

If the name in question was Juliet would that be less nuts?

2of3 Mon 17-Nov-14 20:27:15

Wait until she's old enough, and let her choose.
As a child I was called a different name than the one on my birth certificate. When I was around 11, my parents let me choose. I chose the nickname.

bertieatemybisqui Mon 17-Nov-14 20:28:03

2 did you change by deed poll?

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Mon 17-Nov-14 20:28:31

Changing her name legally would be nuts.

bertieatemybisqui Mon 17-Nov-14 20:28:43

Also are you traumatised or resentful because of this?

insanityscratching Mon 17-Nov-14 20:28:49

Dd's name is Lucy but she has been called Pearl since she was tiny (because she is small and precious) I wouldn't change the name by deed poll though because I suspect that she might prefer Lucy when she's older (11 now) Funnily enough I call her older sister Lou when her name is nothing like it.

bertieatemybisqui Mon 17-Nov-14 20:30:14

insanity what is Lucy/pearl known as at school?

ghostyslovesheep Mon 17-Nov-14 20:30:22

I love Doris - DD3 was almost an Ada - I also love Pearl

But I have to vote for Emma as it's DD2's name and I love it!

Bowlersarm Mon 17-Nov-14 20:30:45

Partly for me it's the name Doris which is the nuts bit.

I mean, what girl would thank her parents for legally changing her lovely given name to Doris.

(Although I quite like Dora)

pictish Mon 17-Nov-14 20:30:53

It's cute and appropriate now cos she's wee. She might not appreciate Doris at 14 so much.

GotToBeInItToWinIt Mon 17-Nov-14 20:31:48

We call our DD Minnie (her name is nothing like this!) but it wouldn't occur to me to change it by deed poll. When I was growing up my parents called me myrtle, I'm bloody glad they didn't change my name to this!! Doris is in the same vein as Myrtle to me.

bertieatemybisqui Mon 17-Nov-14 20:32:32

Doris Day, Doris Lessing...

Thebodynowchillingsothere Mon 17-Nov-14 20:36:35

That would be so sad op as nick names are great as family names. all of our kids have them but proper names they use at school etc.

Sorry Doris to me sounds like a lady in a nursing home but Emma reminds me of a beautiful intelligent stunning charming witty strong woman. grin

LadyLuck10 Mon 17-Nov-14 20:38:01

Doris is a big no no.
Too old for a baby, little girl, teenager.

NoImaginationUsername Mon 17-Nov-14 20:40:20

You could add it as a middle name and she could choose which name to be known as when she is older.

raltheraffe Mon 17-Nov-14 20:40:44

I like the name Doris

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 17-Nov-14 20:41:30

Doris is seriously ugly.

My nickname as a child was Little H. My parents did not change my name to Aitch.

Thurlow Mon 17-Nov-14 20:41:43

No. Keep it as a nickname.

insanityscratching Mon 17-Nov-14 20:41:58

In primary she was called Pearl because that's the name she introduced herself as but since starting secondary she's called herself Lucy because that was the name on the register. Her friends switch between the two and dd answers to them both. At home and among friends and relatives she is always Pearl.

bertieatemybisqui Mon 17-Nov-14 20:43:58

Is the name Doris ugly because its an 'old' name?

Its similar to Alice and Iris, both of which are considered pretty names.

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