There are some 2,500 girls named Isis in the Netherlands and at least one of them is having her name changed because of the terrorist associations, RTL news reports on Thursday.
Isis Janssen is now known as Isabella because of the link to the Islamic militant group. Mother Dorinda Janssen told chat show RTL Late Night the final straw came when Facebook removed all girls named Isis from its social media channel until they could identify themselves.
Another incident in an amusement park, when Isis wandered off, was also a wake-up call, she said. ‘I lost her for a couple of minutes and went running around shouting “Isis, Isis”… people were looking around, thinking something was up.’
The little girl’s new name was celebrated with a new card announcing her birth and naming her as Isabella rather than Isis.
However, the formal change, so the new name can be included on her passport, involves a complicated and expensive legal procedure and the courts will ultimately decide whether she can formally make the switch.