Names are interesting. Whether a person likes their name or not, that name is how they are identified. Pronouncing a name incorrectly can be embarrassing for both parties involved. Though it is an easily forgivable offense. Misspellings can be trickier to deal with.
My name is apparently one of those names people have a hard time with. I have been called everything from Trisha to Kiersten. Sometimes I correct people but most the time not because it doesn’t matter. I’ll never see them again.
Trust me, I get the mistaken name game.
Heath gets the mistaken name game too. He has been called everything from Heather to Pete. What are you going to do? Give your kids unique names too.
Not that Gavin, Parker, and Gwen are the most off the wall names out there because they’re not. I’m just annoyed that there are so many Gavins and Parkers out there. I was hoping for uncommonly common names not Gavin WA and Gavin WE. I pray those two boys aren’t in the same class ever again until middle school when most likely they will be. Of course by then they can go by their last names!
My other irritation is when people think Gwen is short for Gwendolyn or Guinevere. I hate that! It’s short for Gwenyth.
Now if someone misspelled it as Gwyneth I would be fine. Gwyneth Paltrow’s name spelling did come into play when we named our daughter. If someone misspelled her name as Gweneth or any other vowel to end her name I would be fine with it.
This was on the registration packet I picked up today:
I looked inside and this is how her name is spelled on every form in the registration packet.
This is how her name is spelled in the school system.
This is not her name.
I get that someone made a mistake and that mistakes happen. I’m not mad. I just hope it doesn’t take unreasonable effort to correct the mistake.
I couldn’t get my driver’s license fixed until I got married. My driver’s ed teacher submitted my information to the DMV with an incorrect spelling of my middle name. I couldn’t get it fixed until I got married. I could have gone in with a birth certificate but I never remembered that when I renewed. After getting married and changing my maiden name, I was finally able to get the DMV to recognize the correct spelling of my middle name. I’m finally me again!
I’m planning on calling the school to correct the mistake in Gwen’s name. But my heart is sinking thinking of how many places it could have been spelled wrong. Like the attendance card which means her kindergarten teacher has it wrong … everywhere! Here’s hoping the teacher read all the hundreds of forms I have already filled out saying her name is Gwenyth but she goes by Gwen.
Oh man, this could get ugly fast. I guess I better plan on bringing her birth certificate with me to Walk Thru Registration next week. Not that that helped before. It was a required form for Kindergarten Roundup and the school still screwed up the spelling!