Why AJ McLean’s daughter Ava changed her name to Elliott

AJ McLean’s 9-year-old daughter has changed her name from Ava to Elliott, but the choice was “not a gender thing,” according to the Backstreet Boys member’s wife.

Rochelle McLean explained via her Instagram Stories Wednesday that “’Ava’ has changed her name quite a few times since she was about five.”

The makeup artist and hairstylist continued, “Last year she asked us to start calling her Elliott and it stuck. She wanted something unique that no one else had. (There are so many Ava’s).”

Rochelle, who is also the mother of 5-year-old daughter Lyric, noted that she does not “really see the harm in respecting” her eldest child’s “desire to be unique.”

She added, “Come to think of it, it’s a little odd that as parents we choose names for people we haven’t even met yet and expect them to forever [identify] as that person!”

AJ McLean's daughter Elliott
The 9-year-old was named Ava at birth.

Rochelle concluded her post by asking her followers to “be kind” to the little one.

“She’s just a kid trying to make her way in this crazy world!” she wrote. “I just want her to know she can always be whoever she wants to be.”

Rochelle McLean
The name change was “not a gender thing,” Rochelle wrote via Instagram Stories.

AJ, 44, and Rochelle, 40, wed in 2011 and welcomed Elliott and Lyric in 2012 and 2017, respectively.

The “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” singer debuted his oldest daughter’s name change while celebrating her and her sister’s first day of school.

The McLeans also share 5-year-old daughter Lyric.



The McLeans also share 5-year-old daughter Lyric.



During a court appearance Wednesday, a judge dropped the “Everywhere”…

“After two and half years of homeschool, these two beauties are back to school!” he wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “Lyric is starting kindergarten and Elliott (Ava) is in fourth grade!

“I can’t believe it!” he continued. “I’m so proud of these girls. As much as I am going to miss them, I’m excited to watch them spread their wings and fly!”

AJ’s Instagram followers praised Elliott’s new moniker in the comments section.

“Cannot tell you the amount of Nicole’s i had in my classes growing up and i wanted a unique name. Love Elliott!!!” one social media user wrote, with another telling Elliott to “be happy, wild and free.”


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