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My DD1 is named Azalea, like the flower.  While I will grant that it is an uncommon name, we live in the deep south (as does our entire extended family), and azaleas are all over.  I thought a flower name was pretty classic and not too hippie.  This year she received TWO different PERSONALIZED gifts with her name spelled wrong, from different people (both family members), with different misspellings.


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DD's dance teacher, a lovely woman, still calls DD Sophia after a year and a half of knowing us. DD's name is Sophie. I get that Sophia is the more popular name, per the census data from the last 10 years or so, but when someone asks DD her name and DD clearly replies "Sophie," and the other person inevitably hears "Sophia," well . . . aye! One time a woman and I had the following exchange, after DD had already told her once: "Sophia?" "Sophie." "SophiA?" "SophiE." "Oh."

 

 

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Everyone spells or says my kids name wrong and I didn't even make it special.  I spelled it the way I found it.  They change Moirah to Moriah all the time.  Sophia to Sofia.  And my name... don't even get me started.  Ok no I have to say something.  YES IT"S BETTY!  No I'm not an 80 year old woman and if you ask me if I'm joking one more time I'll clock you!  I was either going to be Guadelupe or Betty and I'm pretty sure Betty was the best pick.  Gah!  I would hate to be called Lupe or lupita.  However people call me Benny all the time.  My best friend calls me B... but she's referring to B*tch... she loves me that much.



 


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Nah, doesn't bug me -- they don't mean anything by it. 


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DD's dance teacher, a lovely woman, still calls DD Sophia after a year and a half of knowing us. DD's name is Sophie. I get that Sophia is the more popular name, per the census data from the last 10 years or so, but when someone asks DD her name and DD clearly replies "Sophie," and the other person inevitably hears "Sophia," well . . . aye! One time a woman and I had the following exchange, after DD had already told her once: "Sophia?" "Sophie." "SophiA?" "SophiE." "Oh."



 


This is a tough one for me.  I am a reasonably intelligent person and I really, really try to remember people's names, but sometimes those types of names trip me up:  Diane, Diana, etc.  I just can't seem to remember.

 


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My name (Maegan) is both spelled AND pronounced "differently" than normal.  I'm so over it.  I respond to anything remotely similar to my name, and don't bother correcting anyone anymore.  DD's name has a couple of different spellings, but unfortunately the other standard spelling is also the name of a nearby town.  Oops. 


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This is a tough one for me.  I am a reasonably intelligent person and I really, really try to remember people's names, but sometimes those types of names trip me up:  Diane, Diana, etc.  I just can't seem to remember.


I'm the same way with names that can end in either E or A. Christine/Christina is another one that trips me up. And I really really try, and feel terrible when I use the wrong name, but there's some sort of mental block with those names for some reason. I find myself just avoiding saying their name at all until I'm positive that I have it right. redface.gif But it's not, at all, a deliberate thing, like I think one name is better than the other and knowingly use the wrong one. 


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DDs name is Kaya, pronounced with the sound like in "eye". EVERYONE calls her Kay-a like the sound in "okay". It drives me bonkers. I really didn't think it was such a hard name to pronounce! I was told recently by the medical assistant at the peds office that I "spelled it wrong" and that's why it is so hard to pronounce. Um, okay, really? How should I have spelled it, then? shrug.gif

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My first name and surname are both routinely spelled incorrectly. I just roll with it. In fact, if it's at an intake point (eg. doctor's office), I won't even bother saying my last name, I'll just start spelling it, since it's the first letter everyone gets wrong. It rhymes with a more common name that starts with a different letter. I've wasted too much of my life waiting while receptionists look through appointment books and in filing cabinets looking under the wrong letter for my name. When they realize their mistake, they always look at me accusingly as if I made up my name just to mess with them. The worst is when I spell it out, and they still look for it under the different letter, and I have to spell it a few more times before they catch on. That happens surprisingly often. 

 

DH's surname is routinely misspelled because there is a more common spelling. The funny thing is that his name is actually refers to a person who performs a particular job and his spelling is correct, not the common version. (Think if "Smyth" were more common than "Smith" - you'd kind of expect "Smith" to be the version everyone uses, wouldn't you?). 

 

Both kids have first names that are routinely misspelled - one because it's somewhat uncommon, the other because there are two popular versions of the same name. 

 

We all wish that people would spell our names correctly, but it's not something I think we can complain about too much - well, maybe DH and his surname. I think I can keep a slightly more open mind because my dc's middle names are from a non-Roman language with a different alphabet, so any spelling of them in English is approximate anyway. 

 

 

 

 

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DDs name is Kaya, pronounced with the sound like in "eye". EVERYONE calls her Kay-a like the sound in "okay". It drives me bonkers. I really didn't think it was such a hard name to pronounce! I was told recently by the medical assistant at the peds office that I "spelled it wrong" and that's why it is so hard to pronounce. Um, okay, really? How should I have spelled it, then? shrug.gif


LOL, I don't know how you should spell it, but this did remind me that DD has 2 friends - one pronounces her name "My-ee-a" and, the other, "My-a" and they both spell it "Maia". 

 

I work hard at remembering what to call each of them, but I can't help myself from messing up now and then. 

 

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My first and last names (Crystal Paddock, for those who are frustrated by not knowing smile.gif ) are both words in the dictionary. My sister's name is Holly -- so we both had names that would always be recognized by spell check! My mom has an unusual name (Jana) and she wanted to give us "normal" ones.

I used to think of them as a litmus test, and anyone who misspelled or mispronounced them was automatically an idiot whom I could then treat accordingly. I've since cooled off, but I still sometimes make judgements about other people who write my name "Christal" or some other such nonsense.

Edited to add: I'm not trying to insult anyone named "Krystial" or whatever -- it's none of my business what you name your kid, even if the creative spelling isn't my cup of tea -- I am just baffled why anyone would ever *assume* and *write down* any thing other than the dictionary spelling of a common word.

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My first name and surname are both routinely spelled incorrectly. I just roll with it. In fact, if it's at an intake point (eg. doctor's office), I won't even bother saying my last name, I'll just start spelling it, since it's the first letter everyone gets wrong. It rhymes with a more common name that starts with a different letter.

 


LOL, I wonder if you and I have the same last name.  I just spell my whole name, but 2 of my kids have the name that rhymes with mine, which confuses everyone.  My dad, the doctor's office, everyone thinks there is a misspelling or typo.

 


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My first and last names (Crystal Paddock, for those who are frustrated by not knowing smile.gif )

 

Well that's one riddle solved.  I like to sit here and imagine what everyone's names are based on their clues.  I'm pretty sure I'm horribly wrong about all of them, but it keeps me occupied at work eyesroll.gif


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People always spell my name wrong, but I don't much care. It's a french spelling of a currently common name but wasn't very popular when I was a kid, maybe when I'm a grammy people will know how to spell it.

 

My mom's name is constantly ragged on for being a "creative" spelling  (Kathryn) but it's a family name going back at least to her grandmother's grandmother (both of whom she was named after)  I kind of irks me that people get all self righteous about how people change the spellings of kids names"creatively".  The normal names you think are better are really just mutated versions of other names.  For example Jennifer looks normal to many but could very well have come from Gwenhwyfar ( exact origin of these names is hard to deduce) Language and names change over time, it used to happen much more slowly but in today's globalized word we get to see it all first hand.

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One of my daughters is named Maia. People pronounce it MAY-uh, which I understand a lot more than when people want to call her MEE-uh.  I didn't really mean to do an alternate spelling - I just liked the meaning of the name spelled better that way than the more traditional Maya.  Also, her middle name is Jaye, and if I spelled Maia with a Y, well that would just be too many Y's.

 

Recently we got a letter addressed to her from my aunt.  It said, Miss Mia Jane. LOL


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My dd's name is Eva. we pronounce it the Spanish way which is EH-va or Ava. EVERYONE calls her EE-va. which is ok with me, i like both pronounciations. she HATES it and actually wants to switch her name to Susan. if i had realized how much trouble it would be for her, i would have used the english pronounciation from the beginning. i keep hoping the EE-va pronounciation will grow on her, but she doesn't like it. 

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In fact, if it's at an intake point (eg. doctor's office), I won't even bother saying my last name, I'll just start spelling it, since it's the first letter everyone gets wrong. It rhymes with a more common name that starts with a different letter. I've wasted too much of my life waiting while receptionists look through appointment books and in filing cabinets looking under the wrong letter for my name. When they realize their mistake, they always look at me accusingly as if I made up my name just to mess with them. The worst is when I spell it out, and they still look for it under the different letter, and I have to spell it a few more times before they catch on. That happens surprisingly often. 

 

 

Same here, I usually just start to spell it in this type of situation.

 

I don't get offended if people spell my name wrong, I make the mistake all the time myself. I moved to Hawaii a few years ago and some of my friends' and colleagues' names took me quite a while to get right!


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My mom's name is constantly ragged on for being a "creative" spelling  (Kathryn) but it's a family name going back at least to her grandmother's grandmother (both of whom she was named after) 


My grandmother was born 108 years ago and her name has that spelling lol.gif.

 


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my last name is extremely common in the area that i live in and is the last name of a gold medal olympian.  i live in the same city where said olympian was born and raised; heck, i live in her neighbourhood!  i still have to spell my last name!

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The dance teacher not knowing what to call my kid after 18 months is a bit off IMO. There are only 4 kids in the class at any one time.

 

But that's a mis-listen, not a misspelling or forgetting. I veered off-topic earlier. 2whistle.gif

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This is a tough one for me.  I am a reasonably intelligent person and I really, really try to remember people's names, but sometimes those types of names trip me up:  Diane, Diana, etc.  I just can't seem to remember.

 



 

 


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I have a commonly spelled name and it gets bungled! I don't go out for coffee often, but when I do, I'm about 75% likely to get my name spelled "Lin" on the cup. Really folks? Lynne makes me shudder, but I understand. My only association with "Lin" is as a Chinese surname. Given my height, girth and blue eyes, I don't think anyone is going to mistake me for Chinese.

 

Our daughter has a similar problem. Her first name is a common name, but not so much for our ethnicity anymore. People are always deleting the last vowel (so, they'll say "Claire" instead of "Clara" (not her real name)). It's pretty funny because she's ruthless about correcting them. They'll say "Claire" and she'll loudly add "uh".

 

I have compassion for people who can't remember my name. I have to learn the names of 50-60 students every 10 weeks. The distinctive ones are never hard. But the students with common names and nondescript appearances get me all the time. I spent one whole quarter confusing "Jennifer" and "Elizabeth" and they were in two different classes! (In my defense, I had taught Jennifer in the same classroom the previous term and Elizabeth sat in the same position that Jennifer had, and they both had straight, long, brown hair.) Ironically, I ended up being the thesis advisor for both.


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