What's in a Name? For an Adopted Child, A Lot!

An adopted child joins your family with his own history, culture, and sometimes his own name. Our readers share what they considered when making the decision to rename or keep their child's birth name.

All parents want to choose the perfect name for their child. It shouldn’t be too common or too unusual, and it should fit the child’s personality. We debate spellings and nicknames for hours on end. But when a child comes into your family with his own unique history and culture—and his own name—it can make the debate around naming your adopted child that much tougher. There are no strict guidelines (See the "Naming Your Child: Legal Considerations" sidebar) for choosing ...

For a child who joins a family with his own history, his own culture– his own name– the story’s rarely rooted in the pages of a baby names book. AF readers share how they made the naming decision.

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