A North Carolina mother renamed her six-month-old child after she felt awkward about telling people her child’s original name.
“I started to feel really uncomfortable saying Aspen out loud as it just didn’t seem to fit him,” said Hamilton.
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“With our first child we’d been very set on a name but with our second we were struggling to find the right one and just settled on Aspen after seeing it on a Pinterest list of outdoor names.”
“I thought it would fit when he was born but after a couple of months I was struggling with it,” continued Hamilton.
“The delivery nurse said that she had several of her friends said that the child might be bullied and nicknamed ‘a–.’
“People suggested that he might be bullied if it was shortened to ‘A–’ when he is older and I started to pretend I didn’t hear people asking his name.”
According to Hamilton, both she and her husband decided to change their son’s name to “Luke,” at the urging of her sister.
“She just very nonchalantly said why don’t you change it,” said the mother-of-two. “It kind of gave me the permission to do it.
“We both really liked the name Luke and found out it meant ‘light’,” continued Hamilton. “Luke knows he was called Aspen for six months. It’s a fun part of his story.”
The process to change a child’s name varies from state to state and could take several years — as it did in Luke’s case — to be processed.
According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 30,000 baby name changes have occurred in the past five years.