A girl called IKEA had to change her name to stop being bullied at school

A girl whose mother named her IKEA after seeing a TV commercial had to legally change her name to Jasmine to stop bullies from picking on her at school

  • Jasmine Dagless, 19, was dubbed ‘flat pack’ by bullies after being named Ikea
  • Teenage girl, who once visited Ikea, legally changed her name aged 12 in 2014
  • The NHS administrative assistant said her mother had agreed to the name change










An NHS worker whose mother named her Ikea after seeing a TV advert for the Swedish furniture giant has had to legally change her name to Jasmine after years of bullying.

Miss Dagless, 19, was teased relentlessly by cruel trolls in the schoolyard and was even cruelly nicknamed “flat pack”.

She changed her name to Jasmine, her middle name, in 2014 – but said her family were still allowed to call her ‘Ikea’, or ‘Kea’ for short. She added that she had furnished her apartment with the Ikea kit.

Jasmine Dagless, 19, from Norwich, was nicknamed ‘flat pack’ by bullies after her mum Linda (both pictured) gave her the name Ikea at birth

The teenager, who has only visited Ikea once, had to endure years of teasing before she legally changed her name when she was 12 in 2014.

The teenager, who has only visited Ikea once, had to endure years of teasing before she legally changed her name when she was 12 in 2014.

“I used to be called flat pack quite often in elementary school. The bullying really shocked me because young children don’t know about Ikea,’ said Miss Dagless.

“I legally changed my name when I was in high school. They only legally call me Jasmine. My family still calls me Ikea, or ‘Kea’ for short.’

The NHS administrative assistant said her mother had agreed to the name change – although the family received Ikea benefits after she was born.

Jasmine (pictured with dad Bradley) said: 'I used to be called a flat pack a lot in primary school.  Bullying really shocked me because young kids don't know Ikea'

Jasmine (pictured with dad Bradley) said: ‘I used to be called a flat pack a lot in primary school. Bullying really shocked me because young kids don’t know Ikea’

She said: “When I was younger my mum got a letter from Ikea which basically said we could get furniture and toys for free. I have a few toys and my mom has a couch.

The teenager has stuck with the store by outfitting her flat with a signature six-drawer chest of drawers – and is considering buying a built-in wardrobe from the chain.

Miss Dagless said she wanted to visit her local Ikea on a sentimental trip. She added: “I went to Ikea when I was one or two, but as an adult I’ve never been there – I really want to go.”

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