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Old 11-22-2002, 08:21 AM   #16
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yes, both my first and last name are mispronounced on a daily basis. the joys of having a spanish name. by the time i was 18 i grew tired of correcting and explaining how to properly pronounce my first name that i just said screw it and anglosized it. only my close friends and obviously my family know how to say my first name properly.

now my last name. that one always gets misprounounced. and annoys the hell out of me but it does have its advantages when the telemarketers call. i usually hang up on them when they fudge the name.

by the way here is my name:

Iris Sarabia

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Old 11-22-2002, 10:08 AM   #17
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Originally posted by Angela Harlem
Sicy, is yours [phonetically] Vetch-eeo?
That's how the majority of people pronounce it. Either that or Veeecio, Vetcheckio, Vechco you name it.

Or Veck-eeo? I'd guess the first, cos of the double 'c'....But I'm prolly wrong!
as in "Vekio" one would presume
These would be correct.

In Italian.. two c's next to each other with the h makes the K sound.

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Old 11-22-2002, 11:05 AM   #18
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That's how I had guessed the pronunciation of your last name, Sicy...phew!
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Old 11-22-2002, 11:35 AM   #19
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I don't know how people can mispronounce Estrada but they do...all the time. Telemarketers have asked for me as Charlene Estranda, Astarada, Estarda. Its not a hard name to say and its pronounced exactly like its spelled...I don't get it
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Old 11-22-2002, 11:51 AM   #20
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now try and pronouce THAT one!!
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Old 11-22-2002, 11:52 AM   #21
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my maiden name is duncan, and i swear, people try to make us japanese or something. people will call, in their normally redneck accent, asking to speak to "mr. or mrs. dook-on." wtf? where are these mystical o's they're seeing? it is IRISH for crying out loud. these people need to earn themselves some history or something to learn how duncan's pronounced: like it freaking looks!

and now my last name is daras. oh boy. it's pronounced "dare-is." but now people try to pronounce this one like it looks, as daar-as. wtf? or even worse, when i write my name, people think that even though 25/26 of the letters i write are all regular, lowercase (or uppercase if need be) print letters, all of a sudden, when i get to that r, i'm gonna suddenly make it a cursive k! wtf? (i write my lowercase r's essentially like a smaller uppercase r, i'm sure you've seen some teeniebopper girls write like that before) so then i get calls and stuff asking for "mrs. dacus (since i guess you'd pronounce dakas like dacus)." hell, when i changed my name at college, they even changed it to dakas! they didn't even bother verifying my ssn. nice to know i could change my name to "t.bone whippletibottom" with no government documents showing that's my legal name, and i could.

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Old 11-22-2002, 11:54 AM   #22
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My surname is Cavin, but the amount of people that pronounce it Cave-in is beyond a joke. its pronounced Cav-in, no e. All my way through school my teachers always got it wrong, in assemblies etc which was particularly annoying!
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Old 11-22-2002, 12:20 PM   #23
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I'm blessed with a first name that has only been pronounced correctly(by strangers)3 last name is just as bad.
I really sometimes hate it, because everyone wants to talk about my name, what it means, all that bull. The only good part, if someone calls my name, I know they are trying to get my attention...
People still get it wrong at work, I don't correct them anymore...they still pronounce it better than most people.
I hated when we had a subsitute in school, that meant they'd botch my name, all the kids would laugh, and the sub would want to talk about what my name meant...In 7th grade, my math teacher said it correctly on the first try, she still is my favorite. Lucky for me I work in retail, with a name the story goes on and on.
I wouldn't mind a difficult last name, but sh*t, don't give your kid a strange first name when your last name is strange enough.
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NOT Radisevich, Rodosevich, Radioservice, Radsevich, Raydosevich

It's phonetic, even if it's Croatian. Sometimes I wish I'd married a Vietnamese guy. Vu. Martha Vu. You couldn't screw that up, could you?
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Old 11-22-2002, 12:45 PM   #25
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My maiden name is Moes, which is Dutch. NOBODY pronounces it right. It is pronounced "moose". Yet more fuel for the children who teased me at school. With a middle name like Felicity, they couldn't miss!

My mom used to tell ppl that it was like "boer war" but no one has heard of that anymore either.

My brother is so embarassed about his last name that he deliberately mispronounces it as Mose. I was only too glad to change it to Cunningham!!
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Old 11-22-2002, 12:54 PM   #26
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my last name......Bubar. The biggest problem people have with it is sticking an "r" in the middle of it. Everyone seems to want pronounce it as Burbar. I've even told people my name, and they write it down with the imaginary "r" stuck in there. Somewhat annoying.
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Old 11-22-2002, 01:26 PM   #27
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Nicole Bubear just excelled at our high school...must be related?

Phonetically my last name sounds like Orbison, which is why I refer to him as Uncle Roy and why I had a black dog called roy orbison.
When I was about 8 months pregnant, I left a huge parcel at a store to collect later. When i returned I was a bit upset by the woman's attempt at my surname, Abortson! ewww ( Freudian?).
It has a "t" in it but when ppl mispell it and leave the 't' out, I find it quite cool to see my name in the newpaper spelt "bison" while U2 now prominently display bison's on their CD. (it's my old man that gets his ugly mug in the newspaper all the time, not me) I once complained to someone saying I wish my married name was "Smith" they asked what my maiden name had been?They burst out laughing....I don't complain anymore, I just spell it out.
Someone earlier in this thread mentioned a classmate's unusual name. I can't see it right now, but it definitely looked Sth East Asian, Thai perhaps. After a while , when you know enough people from other countries, you begin to see patterns of letters in regional names. I can usually pick a Finnish ot Balinese name for example. It is cricket season here and some of the Sri Lankan cricketers have wonderfully musical names.

peach blossom that's my 'real' name Peach Blossom Smith.
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Old 11-22-2002, 01:30 PM   #28
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woopsie spiral staircase..I just stuck and "e" in it


how embarrassing.....i think ppl without the "e' are smart too...what would you expect from a bison with a name like peach blossom....oh dearie
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Old 11-22-2002, 02:08 PM   #29
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Mine is Gattinger... pronounciation varies with who you talk to in the family. Grandpa says it's "Gah-ting-ger" but most of the rest of us pronounce it "Gah-tin-jer"...

First name is a problem too... Chandra. It's to be said "Shandra" but I get "Chawn-dra", "Chahn-dra"... I don't understand... we don't call people with the name Cheryl "Chair-yl", it's "Sher-yl"...

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Old 11-22-2002, 03:03 PM   #30
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My last name is Rappe. It's pronounced exactly like the music. :P But it gets pronounced Rappie (most common), Ratt, Rapp-ay, you name it.

I hate it. I can't wait to get married and change my name but that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon.


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