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Sunday, September 13, 2009

A rose by any other name…

In filling out the DS-230, Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, we have to choose Min Zhi’s name NOW. Goodness, even when I gave birth I had 24 hours after they were in my arms to decide! How can I know if she is an Amanda or Aubrey or Alyvia? What about Anissa or Alyssa or Angela? What about the half dozen others that we are tossing around? Of course, our four bios all have a DIFFERENT favorite. HMMMM. Then again, Andrew wanted to name Hannah “Warthog” before she was born, and would probably cast his vote there now, so maybe I shouldn’t put too much stock in what they think. And then, do we give her an American first AND second name, leaving her Chinese name as a third name? Or do we keep it more prominent as her only middle name? I have heard arguments from both sides.

If anyone wants to cast a vote, perhaps I can post the possibilities and you can let me know. But it has to be quickly!! I am PRAYING for a speedy LOA, so I need to have the paperwork turned in. Then again, maybe if I don’t have all my ducks in a row, the LOA will come sooner…


  1. We were told to put our son's current name, not the name we're going to give him, on the DS-230. In fact his intended name still doesn't appear anywhere on our paperwork. I'm assuming the US consulate in Guangzhou will be the first to ask for it. I don't know if putting your daughter's intended name on the DS-230 is wrong, per se, but it certainly isn't necessary.

  2. I am trying to think back, and I thought we had to put Mariah's new name as well. I think it caught me off gaurd too! I have to tell you that our 3 year old from Taiwan is named Mya Min. Her Chinese name is Min and we decided to keep it as her middle name. If I could do it over, I would have left her first name as Min. Everyone loves Min and it really is a cute name. But I would love to know your choices and I would vote if you put it up one your site! That would be so fun!!! Hopefully all is going well, and hope to talk soon!!

    Mary Hecky