Why AJ McLean’s Child Changed Her Name

You may also know that AJ has two children, Elliott and Lyric, with wife Rochelle Karidis.

Earlier this year, Rochelle and AJ revealed on Instagram that one of their daughters, Elliott, had recently changed her name from her birth name, Ava.

In an interview with People, AJ explained why Elliott decided to change his name.

“When my daughter asked to change her name to Elliott,” he said, “I didn’t know at first if it was a transgender thing, which it isn’t, but it’s a personal choice.”

“And it’s her body, it’s her name, it’s her everything.”

AJ explained that Elliott decided on his new name after going to school with other kids named Ava.

He remembered her saying to him, “Dad, I just feel that my name is not so unique and not so original, and there are a lot of Avas at dances and a lot of Avas at school.”

When it came to choosing his new name, Elliott was inspired by watching the latest live-action remake of Pete’s Dragon.

“She just finished watching Pete’s Dragon, and she loved the name Elliot, but with two Ts,” he explained. “Now it just rolls off the tongue. Now she’s Elliott.”

AJ also said that to him, Elliott will “always be Ava,” but he also respects her decision to change her name.

“Whatever the reasoning is, it’s hers and I’ll support whatever my wife wants a million percent [too]”, he stated.

Read the entire interview here.

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