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I have a couple going into hiding with their two-year-old daughter. The entire family has to change their first and last names, including the daughter, and I'm worried about how this is going to work. The legal part of this is a non-issue, since the government sent the family into hiding in the first place, but the psychological part I'm kind of lost on. How much difficulty would you expect a two-year-old to have adjusting to a new name? Is it likely to cause identity issues for the child? How long should it take for her to start answering to the new name and introducing herself by her new name? What could her parents do to make the transition to her new name easier and faster for her?