She Was Happy to Meet Her Biological Dad for The First Time, But There Was Just One Problem – He Wants Her to Change Her Name

This young woman recently found her biological dad online, which was great. However, things went awkward when he requested that she change her name. Now she’s questioning if she was wrong to refuse him. Here’s what she had to say.

She Just Got to Know Her Dad

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At 19 years old, she finally got to know her dad, even though her mother didn’t want her to. Her grandmother told her who he was, and she found him on Facebook and messaged him.

Her Dad Was Happy

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At first, her dad didn’t know she existed, but later he agreed to a DNA test. When it showed they were related, he was very happy about it.

She Spent Time with Her Dad

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Now, she visited her dad, his wife, and their three boys often. Sometimes she stayed with them over the weekends. This had been happening for the last two months.

Her Dad Always Wanted a Daughter

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About two weeks ago, her dad told her that he had always wanted a daughter. He had three boys because he wanted to try for a girl. He had even picked a girl’s name back in college that meant a lot to him.

He Wanted to Call Her Jasmine

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He asked if he could call her “Jasmine” instead of her real name, Stephanie. He was excited about this name and thought it suited her well. “He said that he was really happy to learn he had a girl and asked me if I would be okay with him calling me Jasmine instead of Stephanie, which is my name,” she said.

She Didn’t Like the Idea

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She found his request awkward and she didn’t feel comfortable with the idea. She liked her name, Stephanie, and didn’t want to change it. Her dad was disappointed and she felt bad for hurting his feelings.

Her Dad Started Using the Name Anyway

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But despite her not liking it, her dad started calling her Jasmine a few days later. She reminded him that she didn’t like it, but he insisted she would get used to it.

Her Dad Made Her Feel Guilty

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He made her feel like she should accept everything he did. “I appreciate him being in my life and spending time with me, and I am very grateful, but I just don’t want to lose my name,” she said. She explained that he didn’t really do anything special for her. She was an adult and managed her own life. She had a job, went to college, and paid for her own things.

Was She Wrong?

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She offered a compromise to add ‘Jasmine’ as her middle name, but he wanted her to change her first name completely. Now she was wondering if she was wrong for not changing her name even though it upset her dad. She felt her name was part of her identity, but she also cared about her relationship with her dad.

Online People Responded

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One user wrote, “There was probably a good reason why your mother opted not to let him in your life…like…red flags are flying everywhere right now…”

Another person said, “You owe him absolutely nothing and he is completely overstepping by trying to call you something that isn’t your name. He’s being disrespectful to you in a big way, stand your ground.”

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