Yeah....I have an Indian name. They don't even attempt to spell it. Growing up whenever a professor would do roll call, they would LITERALLY stop and stare blankly at the class. It would take them at least a minute to even begin trying to pronounce my name...so I usually just raise my hand and say "Here! My name is pronounced like this ______"
Whenever I order out or get coffee, I give people my roommates name, "Sara". It's just so much easier. I hate having to deal with people who can't pronounce my name!!
When I meet Westerners, I give them an Anglicized pronunciation of my name. Then whenever I meet a fellow Indian person it's SO weird for me to say the actual pronunciation! It feels so strange coming out of my mouth because I'm so used the Anglicized version.
My last name is Rinker. Not hard, right? Just sound it out and you'd probably get it right. I have been interrupted MORE THAN ONCE in the middle of spelling it out by the other party asking "You sure there's no W in front? It's not silent?"
Yes, well, last time I checked, no one added a W in front of my name. And no, it's not silent cause it ain't there! I know what my name looks like darnit!
This reminds me of my first ID card. I think I was 17 y old. I was about to leave for a trip abroad. When I got there to pick up my brand new card I noticed a bunch of errors on it!!!
hair: GREEN () then corrected to brown
Since I have brown eyes as well, I did ask the lady there to please make me a brand new card w/o errors. She replied "please take your glasses off for a sec..... are you sure you don't have green eyes?!?"
My name is common and simple (I think)...Stephanie. On numerous occasions when someone tries to write Steph, they forget the H and my name becomes Step. My maiden name was another problem. It's only 5 letters long but almost no one could say or spell it correctly. There's a C in it that sounds like an S, so no one got that right.
I work at a law firm and I have to say my first name in the greeting ... My name is Katie and people call me JUDY and CANDY. Um, what?!
Also, my last name is the most simplest of names (four letters, one syllable) and people butcher it all the time because they don't think it can be that simple. People always think it's a nickname! It's not! My last name is just THAT silly!
My mom's name is Cassie, short for Cassandra. Not that hard!
All her life people have called her Casey. Seriously, all the time. Have you ever heard of a 60 year old woman called Casey?
My SIL is Christy...certain family members always call her Chrissy...always.
These are the same family members, however, who pull up in our driveway and honk the horn so we come out at talk to them, instead of them coming in the house...just cause they don't want to get out of the car!!
After a year together and another 12 months of marriage, having filled in countless documents in purchasing our home, changing bills to both our names etc.. my HUSBAND spelt my first name wrong!!!! I was so upset I didn't talk to him for 24hours.
I have a coworker named Alexandra. We have an ongoing office joke about the things people call her. So far we have: Alexandria (most frequent), Amber, Angelique, Angela... I could go on & on. Pretty much any "A" name, she gets it. I don't think "Alexandra" is that difficult, but apparently I am a rarity.
Also, my name is Pamela, and I have been asked by several different people over the years if my name has a "U" in it. Really, a U in Pamela? I have been called "Pamula" repeatedly by a teacher I had in high school, and a former coworker. Have any of you EVER heard of someone being named Pamula?