30/09/2014 18:10 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Girl, 8, With The Unfortunate Name Isis

An eight-year-old girl's life is being made a misery – because she is called Isis.

Isis Leskien's parents say friends and family of the Australian schoolgirl have distanced themselves because she has the same name as the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Mum and dad Frank and Sheridan, from Sydney, named their daughter Isis after the Egyptian goddess. According to the Parentdish Baby Names Generator, the name means: "Mythical goddess of magic. Isis is the most powerful of all female goddesses; sister to Osiris."

Isis' parents have now appealed to the media and the public to stop using the name to refer to the terror group before harm comes to one of the 'tens of thousands' of women who share the same name.

Frank told Daily Mail Australia. "It's a beautiful name, we spent so long choosing it. [The Egyptian goddess] Isis is a nurturer and someone who cares.

"People used to say to us, 'What a beautiful name.'"

But the father-of-two said people were now distancing themselves from his family.

He said: "This is hurting my little family and we've lost family because they're scared and don't want anything to do with's soul-destroying.

"I have been calling her Isis for eight years, if not longer, because I was calling her Isis while she was in the womb.

"Do we have to wait until something that happens to one of them before [someone listens]?"

He added: "'I just want her name to be safe and be what it's meant to be. All I really want is to go back to my quiet simple life. We're just simple people.

"What I can do is try as hard as I can as a father to protect my daughter."

Frank said his 13-year-old son, Maximus, had already had to defend his sister's name at school.

"We go to soccer and I call out 'Isis' and people look at me. People are scared to be associated with us."

In a heartfelt plea on Facebook, Isis' mum Sheridan wrote:

The Leskiens aren't the only ones taking up the fight to reclaim the name Isis. An American woman named Isis Martinez has started up the Thousands of Women and Girls Named Isis, Petition Media to Stop Calling the Terrorists by Our Name petition, asking people to show their support to 'save' the name.

Ms Martinez wrote: "You can help save the name of #ThousandsofWomenNamedIsis and save us from the backlash of being associated with this horrific terrorist group of monsters.

"Little girls, especially in the United States, named Isis have reported bullying while women with the name are facing negative associations through their employment and in public places like airports, airplanes even at times being called terrorists themselves.

"These shameful excuses for human beings should not have been assigned an English acronym with the name of thousands of women and children, but there's still time to change the course of this path and more accurate names available."

So far the care2 petition - which was started by Isis Martinez - has attracted more than 30,000 signatures.