"Our daughter will be three in a few weeks and this is causing us so much worry at home as the next years are crucial to her finding her identity."
People often look for something unique when choosing a name for their baby. In fact, there have been reports recently to suggest 'different' names are heading towards extinction.
But what happens when you name your child something which is just TOO prevalent in everyday use?
It seems a name can also be too commonplace these days, but one mum is considering going to extreme measures to avoid her child being bullied as a result of her everyday moniker.
"We have even been called cruel"
"Our daughter is called Alexa before the Amazon thing came out," wrote the mum in her post to Mumsnet , "and we were thinking about changing her name for obvious reasons but we stayed firm with it as it is."
She said she has "come under pressure" from others to consider changing her daughter's name. She said she would possibly consider Alexandra "as it's close to what it is now".
"We have even been called cruel for not doing it!" she said, reporting she even received an apology from one mum who anticipated her son may not be so nice to her daughter given his track record of being "very rude" to Alexa, their smart assistant.
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"Our daughter will be three in a few weeks," she continued, "and this is causing us so much worry at home as the next years are crucial to her finding her identity."
She asked if anyone else had a daughter who shared the name was finding it has become an issue or not.
"She’s not a budgie"
People were mostly just outraged at the thought of changing a young child's name in anticipation of bullies.
"Would I change the name of an almost three-year-old because of the Amazon product?" asked one person, who quickly added: "Absolutely f**king not. Whoever is suggesting you do is an idiot. She’s not a budgie, she’s a small child who knows her name."
Another suggested, "Maybe other parents should teach their children some manners."
"I think you need to change your f**kwit friends, not your DD’s [darling daughter's] name," added another.
The child will outlive the device
Several people suggested some great alternatives like Lexie or Alex, and some pointed out that the little girl will surely outlive Amazon's virtual assistant.
"By the time she's an adult Alexas will be old tech," replied one person, adding it's not, "worth changing her name over."
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Another said Alexa won't have so much of a presence when the little girl has grown up and her peers are more mature: "Don't make a long term decision about your daughter's name on the basis of a gadget that will be superseded in a few years."
While the mum did later clarify she wasn't going to change her name legally, but she was considering requesting the little girl is referred to with a similar name when she begins school.