A British nanny has changed her name to Mary Poppins after allegedly being likened to the fictional character by her clients.
According to a report by Huffington Post, Mary Poppins, formerly known as Emma Davenport, has been working as a nanny since she was 18 years old and has even dressed as the character as part of her job. She has now legally changed her name.
Poppins said: “I’ve always been told by my clients and the children I care for that I look and act like Mary Poppins, which is wonderful because she’s one of my favourite Disney characters and someone I certainly aspire to be like professionally.”
Mrs Poppins previously joked with her husband about changing her name, according to the article. She added: “I dress up as Mary anyway for the children at parties and they and their parents always call me Mary, so when he responded with ‘why not, the children would love it and it might give you an edge’, I decided to do a bit of research.
“My own little girl is so excited and keeps saying ‘mummy is Mary!’ and my nanny children think I’m definitely Mary Poppins now.”
The nanny’s name change has certainly attracted attention, and the response has been fairly positive. Richard Conway, CEO and founder of Childcare.co.uk, told the Huffington Post: “Mary contacted us last week to notify us that she’d changed her name to Mary Poppins and asked whether she could update her profile to reflect her new name. Of course we think it’s a wonderful idea and fully encourage her to embrace her new identity professionally.
“With an already glowing reputation as a top-class nanny, we’re sure that the name change will only make Mrs Poppins even more popular amongst parents and children.”
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