By SHAUNA ANDERSON
Eight-year-old Isis Leskien has spent her whole life believing her name is beautiful and unique.
Her parents carefully chose her name from the ancient Egyptian god of magic for its representation of strength.
These days however the name Isis has other connotations – of terror and fear.
Of beheadings, of death and of untold horrors.
Instead of people telling Isis how beautiful her name is they are now suggesting to her mother that she changes it.
Isis’s mum, Sheridan Leskien told News Limited that when she tells people her daughter’s name is Isis they are shocked, she said friends are even abandoning them refusing to be associated with the Sydney family.
“Some people say we should change her name, but that’s just ridiculous,” Mrs Leskien says.
“She’s eight years old, she’ll hardly be told what to do at all. What people need to do is stop using this beautiful name for this evil group.”
Isis’s mother said that so far the little girl was unaware that her name was associated with the terror group.
“Every day there’s some sort of reference in the media or brought up in conversation about fighting ISIS, about how ISIS is evil, and I’m worried that she’s going to be targeted,” Isis’s mum said.
The name – ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Many in the media, politics and through the world have been using the acronym to refer to the terror group.
Even US President Barack Obama uses the term.
But thousands of women throughout the world would prefer that an alternative term is used.
Sheriden has joined a worldwide petition calling for the media to stop calling Islamic State ‘Isis’.
The petition which has now received over 30,000 votes was started by woman named Isis Martinez.
It asks for people to sign to “ help the thousands of women and little girls named Isis who are suffering from this backlash caused by the media.”
It pleads, “Help us take back our name.”
Isis Martinez says on her Facebook page, “Save our Name” that people cringe when she tells them her name.