Inspired by an advertisement, parents found an unexpected first name for their daughter. If they got a free couch, their child has been bullied for years.
Not everyone is lucky enough to love their first name. Sometimes the latter is much too hard to bear. This has long been the case for 19-year-old Jasmine Dagless, who changed it after being bullied throughout her childhood. When she was born, her parents named her Ikea. The idea came from her mother Linda who, during her pregnancy, was inspired by seeing an advertisement for the Swedish furniture giant on television. She thought he “sounded good.” Unfortunately, the young woman from Norwich, England could not share the same enthusiasm as her parent due to the harassment suffered in her youth.
Growing up, Jasmine Dagless received a lot of teasing because of her nickname like no other. “I was often called ‘kitchen furniture’ in primary school. The bullying really shocked me because young children don’t know Ikea,” she told the Daily Mirror. At worst, this administrative assistant of the National Health Service (NHS), the public health system in the United Kingdom, ended up making a radical decision at the age of 12. In 2014, she officially changed her first name: “I’m only legally called Jasmine. My family still calls me Ikea or ‘Kea’ for short.”
A sometimes advantageous first name
Jasmine Dagless explained that her parents accepted her choice despite the advantages linked to her former first name. “When I was younger, my mom got a letter from Ikea that said we could get free supplies and toys. I got a few toys and my mom got a couch.” In the end, the young woman inverted her first name with the second. Legally, she is now called Jasmine Ikea Dagless. And to believe her confidences in the English media, she is eager to return to the store: “I went to Ikea when I was one or two years old but I never went there as an adult – I really want to go.”