Name Change: Excerpt from American Amnesiac

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I found the following entry in the Legal Notices Section

in between the Music and the Kisses columns and

above the MegaMates Connection portion of my local

weekly—one more person’s complex rechristening:

 

A petition to change the name of ZiYi Wong, born

in Tieling, Liaoning, People’s Republic of China

has been filed in Kirkland, WA. The child’s

father is living. The child’s mother is

living. The petitioner’s name will

change to Prince ZiYi Wong

because the child wants it to

have an English ring.

 

A Petition to change the name of Miguel Vasquez,

born October 6th, 1994, in Guadalajara, Jalisco,

Mexico, residing at 4891 W. Zach Place,

Kirkland, WA, has been filed in district court.

The name will change to Michael Miguel

Vasquez, because he has only a first name

and wants to have a first and middle name.

The child’s father is living. The child’s

mother is living. A hearing on the petition

is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on August 16th

at the County Courthouse. Objections

may be filed by any person who can

show the court a good reason for this

boy not to gain a new first name.

 

A Petition to change the name of Jyotismita Ranjan,

born in Chindar, Maharashtra, India, residing in

Kirkland, WA, has been filed in district court.

the name will change to Johlea Mayekar

because the old name is not a balanced

name, but the new one will be. It will

have a stronger intrinsic quality, as

mentioned in the balanced name report.

The petitioner’s father has died, and the names

and addresses of the closest blood

relatives are: No one is alive.

The petitioner’s mother has died

and the names and addresses

of the closest blood relatives are:

No one is alive.

The Author
The Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, Diane Raptosh has been the recipient of three distinguished fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. The Boise Poet Laureate for 2013, she awaits publication of her fourth book of poems, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press, August 2013), from which these works are excerpted.

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