Thousands of people have backed a counter-petition to save a street called Bell End after calls for the “rude” road name to be changed.
Linda George said she was “just amazed” to see her plight to save the Black Country road name had “gone global”, featuring in newspapers around world.
Her petition, backed by nearly 5,000 supporters, said the “historic” name was believed to be after a local mine.
Sandwell Council will “consider the matter” after receiving both petitions.
The original petition said some Rowley Regis residents believed the “offensive word” made them a “laughing stock” and children were being bullied and teased because of it.
The petition, backed by about 100 supporters, told the Labour-run council it was “time for a change”, even to a similar name, such as Bell Road.
But Mrs George, a local historian who runs the Facebook page “I Remember Blackheath and Rowley Regis”, said residents she knew did not want this “pointless change”, finding the idea “deeply offensive”.
The petition adds: “If children are being bullied because of the name of their road, the problem is the bullying children, who need educating.”
Mrs George’s great uncle, Albert Harrold, lived in Bell End and after he was killed during World War One, his widow Sarah Jane and their children ran a shop there until about 1960.
Mrs George has fond memories of the area and still regularly visits, including recently helping pupils with a ceramic poppy project.
“I remember being sat with my grandmother in the chapel in Bell End wrapped up in her fur coat because it was freezing,” she said.
Mrs George, of Worcester, said many people did not know about the name’s connotations.
“And those that do just don’t seem to care,” she added.