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Grandparents Think It’s Okay To ‘Rename’ Granddaughter As They Don’t Like Her Name, She Ignores Them
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Grandparents Think It’s Okay To ‘Rename’ Granddaughter As They Don’t Like Her Name, She Ignores Them

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Do you remember, a couple of days ago, I told you about a girl to whom her mom ‘gifted’ a name that was unusually ornate in writing, and for which she was subjected to severe criticism and insults when she legally changed it to the usual spelling? If not, you can read the story here.

So, today we are faced with a diametrically opposite situation: a teenager with an unusual name, which her mom also gave her, but which she, however, really likes. And her grandparents, who show extraordinary zeal in trying to ‘rename’ their granddaughter in a way that only they like. However, let’s talk about everything in order.

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The author of the post is a 15 Y.O. girl who recently had to move to her grandparents’ house

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However, the elder couple wasn’t happy with their granddaughter’s ‘bizarre’ name and tried to ‘rename’ her

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According to her grandparents, the ‘proper’ names for the girl were Emily or Elizabeth

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However, the teen rejected all these attempts – and then the grandparents started addressing her directly as Elizabeth

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The girl refused to answer in this case – and the grandparents dubbed her ‘impolite’ and even ‘rude’ for doing so

So, the Original Poster (OP) is a 15-year-old girl named Astraea. An ancient name of Roman and Greek origin, by the way – a name that was given to the girl by her very young mother, and which even then, many years ago, the future grandparents didn’t like…

Let’s now return to the present day. The author’s mother, unfortunately, for health reasons, cannot take care even of herself, so the girl moved to her grandparents’ house. And literally from the first day in the new place, countless persuasion and suggestions about ‘renaming’ took place…

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Her grandparents liked something ‘more classic’ – like Emily or Elizabeth. The fact that the girl has had a name she has liked for a decade and a half was simply ignored by the representatives of the older generation… Moreover, when the OP once again flatly refused to change her name or even to have a ‘family nickname,’ the grandparents moved to action.

They simply began to address their granddaughter as Elizabeth – and when she refused to respond to this name, they told her off, reproaching her for being ‘rude’ and ‘impolite’. According to her grandparents, when elders approach you, you should answer – and in adulthood, they believe, living with the name Elizabeth will be actually way easier than remaining Astraea. But Astraea hasn’t given up, and has turned online for moral support and advice from netizens.

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“This. Is. Simply. Inappropriate. Only this way, and no other way,” says Irina Matveeva, a psychologist and certified NLP specialist, whom Bored Panda asked for a comment over this situation. “At the end of the day, the name a person has is their own business, and no one else’s. Yes, there are situations in adult life when a more ‘traditional’ name makes some situations easier – but in the end, imposing your point of view on others is incredible rude.”

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“Unfortunately, many people of older generations, having what they call ‘life experience’, are sincerely convinced that their experience remains relevant many years and even decades after it was obtained. And this is not always the case. What I can wish for this girl is to remain firm and strong in upholding her personal boundaries, and perhaps turn to the authorities for support if such cases continue,” Irina summarizes.

Commenters under the original post are also massively outraged by this behavior from the OP’s grandparents, arguing that, firstly, a name is a personal matter only for its bearer, and secondly, the fashion for names really changes over the years, and what was ‘classic’ yesterday, tomorrow may look completely outdated.

“Explain that popular names come and go, and that ‘weird’ names are just new to them,” one of the commenters wrote. “Names like Wilma and Wilbur might seem weird to current generations. What’s old is new again.” “They don’t have to like the name. They just need to acknowledge that it’s your name,” another person wisely added.

Well, we also wish Astraea success in her battle for own name, and in the meantime, if you are interested, you can read this collection of really bizarre names given to babies by their inventive dads. And, of course, if you have some similar story under your belt as well – please feel free to share it with us in the comments below this post!

People in the comments sided with the teen unanimously, claiming that the only impolite people here are the grandparents themselves

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After many years of working as sports journalist and trivia game author and host in Ukraine I joined Bored Panda as a content creator. I do love writing stories and I sincerely believe - there's no dull plots at all. Like a great Italian composer Joaquino Rossini once told: "Give me a police protocol - and I'll make an opera out of it!"

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Oleg Tarasenko

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After many years of working as sports journalist and trivia game author and host in Ukraine I joined Bored Panda as a content creator. I do love writing stories and I sincerely believe - there's no dull plots at all. Like a great Italian composer Joaquino Rossini once told: "Give me a police protocol - and I'll make an opera out of it!"

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I am a visual editor here. In my free time I enjoy the vibrant worlds of art galleries, exhibitions, and soulful concerts. Yet, amidst life's hustle and bustle, I find solace in nature's embrace, cherishing tranquil moments with beloved friends. Deep within, I hold a dream close - to embark on a global journey in an RV, accompanied by my faithful canine companion. Together, we'll wander through diverse cultures, weaving precious memories under the starry night sky, fulfilling the wanderlust that stirs my soul.

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Monika Pašukonytė

Monika Pašukonytė

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I am a visual editor here. In my free time I enjoy the vibrant worlds of art galleries, exhibitions, and soulful concerts. Yet, amidst life's hustle and bustle, I find solace in nature's embrace, cherishing tranquil moments with beloved friends. Deep within, I hold a dream close - to embark on a global journey in an RV, accompanied by my faithful canine companion. Together, we'll wander through diverse cultures, weaving precious memories under the starry night sky, fulfilling the wanderlust that stirs my soul.

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foxwithadragontattoo avatar
Fox with a Dragon Tattoo
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Obviously NTA, but I get where she's coming from. And probably tempted to give in to keep the peace. That question aside, the grandparents are not just TA but beyond disgusting. How much contempt for your own daughter do you have to have to do this, while she's dying to berate her and try to rename her nearly adult daughter, with foe the record a beautiful name. AH doesn't begin to describe how awful they are on so many levels.

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Aidan Pite
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grandmother once admitted to me that she absolutely hated the name my parents gave me. But she was polite enough to wait until after I had legally changed it to tell me that (because I had also always hated it). 'Plot twist': They'd named me after her. She'd always gone by her middle name because she hated her first, and yet somehow my mom thought she would be 'honoured' by giving it to me...

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Libstak
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a song "that's not my name"....I'd be playing it, singing along to it, dancing to it all bleeping day in that household. The "that's not my name" bit would be stuck on repeat in my head even when it's not playing and I would hum and sing it constantly.

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foxwithadragontattoo avatar
Fox with a Dragon Tattoo
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Obviously NTA, but I get where she's coming from. And probably tempted to give in to keep the peace. That question aside, the grandparents are not just TA but beyond disgusting. How much contempt for your own daughter do you have to have to do this, while she's dying to berate her and try to rename her nearly adult daughter, with foe the record a beautiful name. AH doesn't begin to describe how awful they are on so many levels.

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Aidan Pite
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grandmother once admitted to me that she absolutely hated the name my parents gave me. But she was polite enough to wait until after I had legally changed it to tell me that (because I had also always hated it). 'Plot twist': They'd named me after her. She'd always gone by her middle name because she hated her first, and yet somehow my mom thought she would be 'honoured' by giving it to me...

libstak avatar
Libstak
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a song "that's not my name"....I'd be playing it, singing along to it, dancing to it all bleeping day in that household. The "that's not my name" bit would be stuck on repeat in my head even when it's not playing and I would hum and sing it constantly.

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