This is the first of a two-part episode on Changing your Name. Mallory and Jennifer discuss why a person might want to change their name-first or last-and how to do so. We talk with Dr. Karen Pennesi, linguistic anthropologist at the University of Western Ontario, on name changing pertaining to immigration and cultural assimilation.

We also report on the current celebrity baby news and take questions from our listeners.

Names mentioned in this episode: Fews, Wifi, Elsa, Jerry, Ignatz, Daisy, Ever, Hayden, Betsy, Buddy,
Dessert.

Universal Design for Belonging: Living and Working with Diverse Personal Names by Dr. Karen Pennesi

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Old time photo of immigrants on the streets of New York