Teenager wants to change name that is difficult to pronounce or spell

He’s lukewarm about his name.

A 17 year old has brought to Reddit to share his unfortunate first name and plans to change it once he turns 18.

“My name is Lewckee,” he wrote in Friday’s post. “Pronounced like LOOK. I’ll change my name to Luke when I turn 18.”

Lewckee explained that he was named in honor of his grandfather.

His post, “Next year I’ll be getting rid of my name Tragedeigh” elicited hundreds of reactions from commenters who couldn’t believe such a name even existed.

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“My name is Lewckee,” he claimed in the post. “Pronounced like LOOK. I’ll change my name to Luke when I turn 18.”
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Photo of a family with a baby.
Lewckee stated that he was named in honor of his grandfather.
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“WOW, that’s really horrible” someone stressed. “I’m sorry for you, boy. Good call!”

“Lewck. Ok, pronounced Luke, makes sense.” one person typed. “But what is the extra ee for? Good luck man, I hope the change goes smoothly.”

“Thank you very much,” another joked. “Nobody else should have to figure out that pronunciation.”

“Yes, please tell your parents they are idiots.” a Redditor headed. “For once, you could say it’s quiet. Two E? That’s not how English works.”

In an update to the Reddit thread, Lewckee revealed that he had shared the news with his parents, who appeared to support his decision.

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Others on Reddit seemed to support his decision.
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Apparently, they even found the post on the social media platform funny.

“I thought they were mad at me, but my father has now sat me down and told me that he will support any decision I make, even if he doesn’t like it, and if it’s that important to me, changing my name, he understands and accepts me,” Lewckee shared.

Lewckee isn’t the only person desperate to change a clearly spelled name.

A woman wrote to Slate’s parenting advice column In 2019, she complained that her husband had secretly changed the spelling of her newborn’s middle name to make it more “masculine” after his mother allegedly told him to.

“Finley” became “Finlay” without the knowledge of the person seeking advice.

“Obviously his mom made him feel guilty…Remember she lives a few states away so it was all on the phone,” the angry mom claimed in the column.

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The Redditor claimed that nobody could pronounce his name.
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And earlier this year, a Canadian couple who named their daughter Chree was met with scorn from friends and family for thinking it sounded like “tree,” which is a code name for cannabis.

The girl’s full name is Chree Mary Jane, with the middle name being inspired by a relative.

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing carolinebleakley@ustimetoday.com.

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