- 7 years ago
- Wedding: February 2010
So, firstly, I changed my name to MyFirst MyMiddle HisLast. My ethnic background already graces me with two last names (the second I drop to avoid confusion) so I thought three would be a bit much.
First shenannigan: No one can spell it when it’s spoken. I always have to spell it out, but even then, spelling it seems to confuse them! It’s only 5 letters long and not hard!
Second: It can be pronounced two ways, the correct way from its country of origin and the Americanized way. My husband, his father, and his grandfather all pronounce it the American way but people have read it both ways to me (like at the doctor’s office.) I never know whether to correct them, because I’m actually encouraging the “wrong” pronounciation. Agh! And then, I asked my husband and his father and neither actually care how I choose to pronounce it! Not to mention the obscure relatives who have given me lectures that I’m “saying it wrong…” Anyways – I can’t think of another last name who has that dilemma.
I’ve even taken to looking toward company names for guidence – it’s a name that you could find at the supermarket on a few different unrelated foods, but even THEN I have no idea how it would be pronounced.
Third: Don’t even get me started on trying to get my Mexican family members to pronounce an Italian last name – they either do it “right”, “wrong”, or totally inbetween.
Fourth: As I mentioned in another post somewhere… my middle and last rhyme. And if you pronounce it the “correct” Italian way, they don’t just rhyme – they sound halarious.
I almost give up! lol I really wish I could just tell you the name so I could hear your opinion, but the relatives have eyes………
Do you know if any last names that often vary in pronouncation? Do you have one? How do you handle it?