Eck, yes. About half the time people want to leave the first letter off the Good Ethnic Boy's name... my first name gets about four different spellings/variations, including one that has only three out of seven letters in common with the correct one (!)... and our surname gets a double whammy. If strangers see it written, they can't pronounce it nine times out of ten, and if they hear it spoken they want to insert an extra letter. We spell our names out a LOT.
Growing up, if a person saw my last name written out before they heard it, no one ever
, in my memory, was able to pronounce it. The thing is that my maiden name was pronounced exactly as written (it's from another language, so when it was recorded in English they spelled it phonetically), but it's intimidating. I would also have it misspelled when I wrote it out on forms and someone entered it into the computer. For some reason people are more comfortable with u's than v's
And then people want to insert an extra vowel into my first name.
I thought my spelling days were over when I married, but even my new name gets misspelled. Think Johnson. Seems like a simple, common name, right? Well apparently Johnsen
is also very prevalent. So I just spell my name out.