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10th-Nov-2009 01:11 pm
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Poll #1483539 Your Own Name

With 5 being very comfortable and 1 being very uncomfortable, how comfortable do you feel in your own name?

Mean: 4.09 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.13

If you commonly get called by a wrong name, what name do you get called?

Have you ever considered legally changing your first name?

Yes, thought about it
Yes, did it

edit: I was going to also ask what name you would want your name changed to, but I thought that might be too personal. If you feel like sharing more details in comments, that of course would be welcomed! :)

10th-Nov-2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
As a teenager, after the 30th or so time that week of someone spelling my name Sara, I thought,

"I should just legally change it to Sara so no one will be confused! GARGH!"

It doesn't bother me anymore, though. At least not usually.
10th-Nov-2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I like it with the "h." My Hebrew name is Sarah, and I always put the "h" on there when I use my Hebrew name. Which...is almost never.
10th-Nov-2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
My first name is Journey. Right now, I like it and am comfortable with it. I have, however, thought about changing it in the past, to something a little more common (and because I don't really like how my first name sounds with my last).
10th-Nov-2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Journey is a beautiful name. I bet there is a story of some kind behind it, too!
10th-Nov-2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Interestingly enough, no one in my family calls me by my first name. They always call me "Bug" since my nickname is Ericabug.
10th-Nov-2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
I find it fascinating how nicknames develop. You know, I totally call Z "Z" at home -- not just on the internet!
10th-Nov-2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I always liked my name, but I wanted to change the spelling so i would have letters that hung below the line. So, Cathryn or Kathryn. But I'm glad I didn't. I like being named after royalty.
10th-Nov-2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
I can never think of you as a "Cathy" even though I know (and work with, even) Catherines who go by Cathy.

I am like the cartoon Cathy.
10th-Nov-2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
People are always spelling my name without the 'e' or without the 'i'. That doesn't bother me at all any more. Actually it never really did. These days I'm just trying to find a way to say my name so people don't mistake it for something else. The 'something else' varies from attempt to attempt. Guess that's what you get for moving to a country where you have an 'accent' ;)
10th-Nov-2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
But you managed to get a Livejournal account of just your first name, so that is an awesome advantage to having a (very slightly?) unusual spelling of your first name.

Interesting about the accent, because I can't even imagine what else "Claire" could sound like!
10th-Nov-2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
my name is very rare everywhere but israel, so i get mispronunciations all the time. misspellings not so much because my name only has 4 letters.
10th-Nov-2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Here's an embarrassing confession. I didn't do so hot in Hebrew School and so my working knowledge of Hebrew (other than being able to read the Torah, etc.) is practically nil. I wanted to give our daughter a lovely Hebrew name, but I wasn't sure how to pronounce most of the ones that looked interesting to me. So we named her Emilia instead and gave her the Hebrew name Raya, which hopefully we are not mispronouncing! :P
10th-Nov-2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
My whole name gets screwed up. My name is Diana and people get pretty creative when it comes to pronouncing my name.
10th-Nov-2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Do you pronounce it differently from the norm? I am confused!
10th-Nov-2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
I love my name. I wish people spelled it correctly - especially when they can SEE it in the email I just sent them! - but I've never wanted to change it.
10th-Nov-2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
haha. Yes. If I only had a dollar for every email I've received with "Dear Clare" as the greeting ;)
10th-Nov-2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
I really really really love my name. :)
10th-Nov-2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that I was pronouncing your name as Elsie in my head for a while until I realized I am dumb. :-P
10th-Nov-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
My name is Tracey and people constantly spell it wrong. Without the E, with an I instead of EY, etc. Even my dad spelled it wrong sometimes. D:
10th-Nov-2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I guess since I"m the only one who has changed his name, I should elaborate. My name was Nicholas originally, but my family consistently called me Nikos. It was on all of my school records and it was the only name I knew or identified with and I didn't want to have to use Nicholas professionally later. So when I was 15 my family and I went through the process to change it. And that was that.
10th-Nov-2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I once thought about changing my name to Leigha, as that was what my Mom wanted to call me but my Dad vetoed it because he wanted a more traditional name.
10th-Nov-2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
The majority of people I've met in my life have the tendency to say Payola. I truly hate that. Of all the mispronunciations I've gotten in my life, that is the absolute worst. I've gotten Paolo quite a bit too.

I actually ended up telling people to call me Paula from kindergarten up until the end of high school because I couldn't stand how people said it. As long as they spelled it Paola, I didn't really care. Though when I started college I've been telling people to pronounce it either POW-lah or Pah-oh-lah. The second one is how my family's always pronounced it (we're from the Dominican Republic) but I've noticed the first is easier for people here to say.
10th-Nov-2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm a Kristen.

No one EVER spells my name correctly. Even if I spell it for them. Even if I write it down. They either want to spell it Kristin (a favorite) or ASK ME IF IT'S SPELLED WITH A 'C' (wat?), or think it's Christian or Christina.

I've never really been comfortable with my name, but I'm good with Kris. I would much rather be a Kris than a Kristen. My family and people who have known me since I was a kid are the only ones who call me 'Kristen' anymore, luckily.

'Kris' is also so much less of a hassle. I say "Kris with a 'K'" and there's no issues at all from other people.
10th-Nov-2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
When I was younger living with my sister we were always considered twins. My Mom used to get us mixed up a lot and same with family members we didn't see very often.

If anyone calls me Michelle these days I recognize the mistake, but usually after I've answered the question. It's become second nature. Personally I love my name the way it is and would never want to change it. :)
10th-Nov-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I should mention. My name is Melissa. (nickname Mel).
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