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#1 IamtheMumma

Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:55 PM

DS, 2.5, is learning to talk at a rate of knots but he isn't saying his name. I've realised he refers to himself by a different name. Say his name is Bill, he says Fred. He answers to Bill but when you ask him what his name is, he says Fred. Today I showed him a photo I'd sent to his dad. DS said "Mummy and Fred". I said "No Mummy and Bill". Its been persisting for a few weeks now.

#2 Akadia

Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:02 PM

That's cute. My DS is almost 2 1/2 and it was only in the last couple of months he has referred to himself as his name. he even points to himself and refers to himself in first person now.

Before that he'd answer to it but not say it. He had everyone else's names sorted though - even my DH and my real names when he heard someone else saying them lol.

#3 Mumtotwo13

Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:02 PM

DS does this too, with a cheeky grin. Over the past couple of weeks he has been Ivan, Matthew, Michael and Pom. None of which are his name. He also enjoys calling me Daddy, and DH Mummy. At times he insists he's a girl, not a boy. Then he's back to being a boy. He knows all the real names, he's just trying things out. It started at about the same age. It will pass :)

#4 seayork2002

Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:07 PM

my son probably did but it is not something that sticks out but as this is the child that laughs hysterically at any body noise then I could only imagine what it was

#5 Hands Up

Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:22 PM

My child calls himself Fah Fah despite being perfectly capable of saying his own name. He points everyone out and names them, mummy, daddy, DS2 but then calls himself Fah Fah.

He is 2.5.

He also refers to himself in the third person. Can Fah Fah have a snack?

#6 shanta

Posted 08 February 2017 - 02:34 PM

My son used to insist on being called 'Children'

#7 Akadia

Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:19 PM

 shanta, on 08 February 2017 - 02:34 PM, said:

My son used to insist on being called 'Children'


#8 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 08 February 2017 - 04:44 PM

Friend's 3 year old wants to be called Sam like Fireman Sam and gets angry if you don't. However he's pretty obessed with the show.

#9 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 08 February 2017 - 05:10 PM

DD is 2.5 and went through a brief stage of wanting to be called Suzie Sheep, and I had to be Mummy Sheep. She does sometimes decide to give everyone different names, so I might be her name, she might be daddy and daddy is mummy. Or some of the names of kids at daycare. But it is always done in a playful way where she knows she is being funny by calling people the wrong name, or as a way of pretending to be someone else.

This morning I called her a 'big kid' and she replied that no she wasn't a big kid, she was 'first name last name'. She very strongly identifies with her name.

#10 TND

Posted 08 February 2017 - 05:29 PM

My son went by the name 'peach' for over 12 months.

He referred to himself as Peach and rarely answered to his real name. He also tried out the names Thomas and Undies(not a miss print).

It sort of phased out when he started 3 year old kinder.

He has always had a fascination with names though. At about 7 he added 3 extra middle names included my maiden name as he wanted a longer name.

At 12 he is now embarrassed that he went by the name peach.

#11 IamtheMumma

Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:06 PM

OK so normal, nothing to worry about at this stage. Big relief!

Thank you so much.

#12 Tinned asparagus

Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:13 PM

DS2, who is now 3.5, has been called Bubba by his eldest brother. He has gone through phases of only answering to Bubba from everyone else. He also pronounced his own name perfectly before he turned 2, but went into a room at daycare where the carers, and therefore the other children, pronounced it incorrectly. Since then he insists on the incorrect pronunciation :rant:

My sister added a name to her name, an extra last name, at about 3 or 4. Persisted for a while.

#13 Chelli

Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:17 PM

My middle DD randomly asked us to refer to her as Donkey when she was about 6. She wouldn't answer to anything else.

My youngest DD corrected her kinder teacher and announced to the class that her name was Chicken Little. That was my bad, we called her that at home all the time ;)

#14 HopefullyTR

Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:19 PM

My DS, 2.5 insists he is a cat... I got a lick on the leg instead of a kiss on the cheek when I left for work. He answers to Kitty. 😂  P.S. We don't even have a cat!

#15 Wahwah

Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:22 PM

At about 2.5-3 my DS would insist that the person formerly know by his name was absent, e.g "Bertie Smith is not here". It threw me the first few times but I realised that he was actually fooling with me. His toddler jokes were always about pretending something was different from it's true identity (like saying teddy was dolly).

#16 Brownbear

Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:38 PM

My 3-year-old boy is Elsa.

#17 little lion

Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:53 PM

My two year old thinks he's hilarious calling his uncle "Dad". He's now expanded that joke to call his grandmother his grandfather's name, and so on.

#18 holly-polly

Posted 09 February 2017 - 02:18 PM

My 3.5 year old regularly gives us all different names. It changes every couple of days. Sometimes they are her friends' names, or names from the TV. Other times she makes up names (she called her baby sister Ciannie for days last week).

I often don't know what our names are until I call her something and get it wrong :)

#19 a letter to Elise.

Posted 09 February 2017 - 02:40 PM

I renamed my self snow white at that ago. It lasted for about a year.

#20 halcyondays

Posted 09 February 2017 - 02:50 PM

My 2.5 year old, who had reddish brown hair (his father, brother  I have black hair), kept calling over to the red haired neighbour, "daddy!".

#21 Moo point

Posted 09 February 2017 - 03:02 PM

Oh these are cute. DS (4.5) insisted this morning that I was daddy, he was mummy and DH was actually DS.

A bit of a tangent, but my brother lives in Sweden and his daughters call him daddy. However most kids there call their father Papa. So the kids hear my nieces call my brother daddy, and they call him daddy as well because they think that's his name :) too cute.

Also a little unrelated but I love picking DS up from daycare and hearing "Hi [DS]'s mum" :wub: I'll happily wear that name!

#22 Missy D

Posted 09 February 2017 - 03:11 PM

 shanta, on 08 February 2017 - 02:34 PM, said:

My son used to insist on being called 'Children'

So did mine at that age.

#23 ali27

Posted 09 February 2017 - 03:15 PM

DD used to insist she was Wilma Flintstone and I was Morticia Addams. ....It would not be humanly possible to look less like Morticia Addams than I do!

She insisted that her Dad's birthday cake should say "Happy birthday Gomez" and her younger brother was always Barney.

She grew up relatively normal!

#24 Shirley Sue

Posted 09 February 2017 - 04:08 PM

 Kiwi Bicycle, on 08 February 2017 - 04:44 PM, said:

Friend's 3 year old wants to be called Sam like Fireman Sam and gets angry if you don't. However he's pretty obessed with the show.

Ds when asked to do something he'd rather not says "I'm not ds, my name is Bob the Builder/ Jay (Jay Laga'aia)" etc. He's 2 1/2 yrs old.

#25 sandy34

Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:34 PM

 little lion, on 08 February 2017 - 07:53 PM, said:

My two year old thinks he's hilarious calling his uncle "Dad". He's now expanded that joke to call his grandmother his grandfather's name, and so on.

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