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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 took place between September 2022 and August 2024. It was based at Nottingham Trent University and was funded by The Leverhulme Trust. It focused 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 used life-story interviewing and creative life-writing methods to capture ‘name stories’ through which adults described and made sense of their adoption-related naming and identity experiences.

The study aimed to fill important knowledge gaps about the significance of name-linked identities in contemporary societies. We hope that findings from the study will strengthen 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.

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