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Katie Holmes Isn't REALLY Changing Suri's Name…Is She?

Katie Holmes and...Scout Holmes?

Okay, it’s been about three nanoseconds since any new tidbits about the TomKat Divorce have made their way to our laptops and apps. And now that the couple has reached a superquick settlement, we’ve been robbed of weeks of back-and-forth details about visitation, child support and drama in the lawyers’ offices.

All that’s left now is to wait and see how post-divorce life will unfold for Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and, of course, their caught-in-the-middle sweetheart Suri. So far, a lot of the gossip has centered on Suri’s moods as she explores the wonders of Manhattan with her mom, and whether she’ll be raised as a Catholic now that she’s apart from her Scientology-touting dad.

But a new item really has folks raising their eyebrows. Quoting an article from Now Daily, CelebDirtyLaundry reports that Katie is planning to change Suri’s name!

So what does she want to put on the name-change forms?An unnamed (of course) source says, “She’s been telling people she wants to make Suri’s middle name Cruise and change her last name to Holmes.” The source adds that Katie has always hated the name Suri, so she’s been calling her daughter Scout, after the girl in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Hmm…as rumors go, this one ranks right up there on the plausibility scale with the whole Xenu story.

It may be true that Katie wants to distance her daughter from a religion she has issues with. And I’m also buying the saga of her clandestine escape plan – disposable phone, secret apartment rental, help from Dad and all.

But a mom concerned about a 6-year-old girl who’s dealing with divorce surely wouldn’t add to her child’s pain by totally destroying her sense of identity. It’s one thing to humor a little one when she puts on a tiara and insists on being addressed as Princess Alaina. It’s quite another to sit her down and say, “Your old name was bad, so from now on, you’re going to be Scout Cruise Holmes.”

I hope we can safely brush this rumor aside as just a casualty of a fairly slow news day. ‘Cause if it’s not…then Katie had better set aside some of her reported $30 million settlement cash for a good child psychiatrist.

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]

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