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Name stories: experiences of names & naming in adoptive family life.

A research project funded by The Leverhulme Trust
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The names and adoption study is about personal names and identities and is funded by The Leverhulme Trust. It focuses on adoptees and adopters as people whose experiences of the multiple ‘identity’ and ‘belonging’ functions of forenames and surnames are especially likely to be significant and complex.

Our study uses life-story interviewing and creative life-writing methods to capture ‘name stories’ through which adults describe and make sense of their adoption-related naming and identity experiences.

The study will fill important knowledge gaps about the significance of name-linked identities in contemporary societies. We hope findings from the study will strengthening academic and everyday understandings of the place of names in adoptive identities and in adoptive family life, and will feed in to adoption policy and practice.

Latest News

  • Participant recruitment update

    13 December 2023
  • New publication from the names and adoption study

    22 November 2023
  • Episode Three of the What's Your Story podcast


    24 October 2023