A new law passed by the Knesset on Wednesday gives Israeli children age 10 and over who dislike their names the right to change them, regardless of whether their families object.
The author of the bill, MK Adi Kol (Yesh Atid) said she proposed the law in response to a petition by a girl named Avelut ("Mourning") who wanted to change her name.
"I urge people to support the law in the name of all the children who were stuck with ridiculous names without any way of changing them," Kol said.
The bill, which passed in the Knesset plenum by a vote of 45-6, also states that parents may not change their child's name without the child's full consent.
"A person's name is an inseparable part of his identity," Kol said. "It is unacceptable that it is legal for parents to change their children's names at any age without listening to what the child has to say about it. It's also unacceptable that children are tied to their parents' whims and can't change their names without [parental] consent."
Kol said the world had transitioned from seeing children as their parents' property to recognizing them as people with rights and voices.
"This should be reflected in the name selection process," she said.