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Anyone Here Have an Unusual or Hard-to-Pronounce Name?

qweerblue

Registered Member
My first name is "Tani". It rhymes with Bonnie. When I was younger, I was told that I was named for someone Italian (my Dad's side of the family is Sicilian), though in baby books and such, "Tani" is said to be a Japanese word for "valley". Sometimes, it is also traced to Slavic roots and means, I think, "glory" or something. I have also seen it attributed to Spanish words that mean "make famous".

At any rate, I really do like my name, but it gets slaughtered, pronunciation-wise. In school, teachers, before they knew how to say it, would always, ALWAYS, pronounce it like the color "tan" with a "y" at the end. So, you know, it would rhyme with "fanny". Not cool.

Also, some really hot sexy mamas have the name "Tawny", which has caused me no end of grief. I am not a hot sexy mama. I feel almost ashamed to share my name with porn-star worthy women.

So, anyone else here have an unusal name or one that people always say wrong?

(yes, this thread was inspired by Dabs's "Baby Name" thread ;) )
 

Jeanie

still nobody's bitch
V.I.P.
lol that our own porn-star-worthy friend calls you tawny.

You'd think that my name would be easy, but no, I get called Deanna quite often. Or even Diane. Hello, there's another a there!
 

Iris

rainbow 11!
Kayleigh.

Kay-Lee...

When those automated voices say it, they always say, "kuh lie" which cracks me the fuck up.

One guy at work calls me Lindsay.... And a few others will sometimes say Kayla or Kelly. Or Kylie. :eyeroll:
 

qweerblue

Registered Member
lol that our own porn-star-worthy friend calls you tawny.

You'd think that my name would be easy, but no, I get called Deanna quite often. Or even Diane. Hello, there's another a there!
Hahaha, I was thinking of her when I wrote that ;)

It never occurred to me anyone could mess up your name! Except our porn-star worthy friend who can't remember your *last* name :lol:
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Kayleigh.

Kay-Lee...

When those automated voices say it, they always say, "kuh lie" which cracks me the fuck up.

One guy at work calls me Lindsay.... And a few others will sometimes say Kayla or Kelly. Or Kylie. :eyeroll:
:lol::lol::lol: kuh-lie This cracks me the fuck up, too, my love.



Lindsay? What the hell? When I have a minute, I will return and share with you the story of my being called "Heather"...
 
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Bliss

Sally Twit
Wow. I always thought 'Tani' was pronounced 'Tar-knee'. Whoops!

My name has to be one of the easiest out there. However, people get the spelling wrong a lot for some reason. 'A-M-Y' is the most common spelling I'm sure. But people spell it 'A-M-I-E' a lot. I don't like the look of it that way. Amy is short and sweet. Just like me. :)
 

Jeanie

still nobody's bitch
V.I.P.
Hahaha, I was thinking of her when I wrote that ;)

It never occurred to me anyone could mess up your name! Except our porn-star worthy friend who can't remember your *last* name :lol:
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It must be because of the unusual spelling, but still, I think it's pretty obvious how to pronounce it.

My sister's name is Dannille (rhymes with Camille, sorta) and people always got screwed up there. We'd always get "now are you Denise or Danell? Danielle? Daneen?" :disbelief: Also I got called "Captain" a lot. har har.
 

CaptainObvious

Embrace the Suck
V.I.P.
Although my first language was Spanish for some reason I had a hard time saying my name, Roberto, because I couldn't roll the second R very well. So until I was about 4 or 5 I hated my name because of it. I was finally able to get it about that age.
 

qweerblue

Registered Member
Wow. I always thought 'Tani' was pronounced 'Tar-knee'. Whoops!

My name has to be one of the easiest out there. However, people get the spelling wrong a lot for some reason. 'A-M-Y' is the most common spelling I'm sure. But people spell it 'A-M-I-E' a lot. I don't like the look of it that way. Amy is short and sweet. Just like me. :)

I had a great idea for how I thought your name was pronounced, but I recalled that this is not sub-talk ;)

When people spell "Amy" "Amie", I always think it should be pronounced "Ah-me".
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It must be because of the unusual spelling, but still, I think it's pretty obvious how to pronounce it.

My sister's name is Dannille (rhymes with Camille, sorta) and people always got screwed up there. We'd always get "now are you Denise or Danell? Danielle? Daneen?" :disbelief: Also I got called "Captain" a lot. har har.
Yeah, that extra "n" is a real brain-teaser ;)

And Captain! It took me FOREVER to get it, and now I can't stop thinking of "Love Will Keep Us Together".

Not a bad Hail-o-ween costume, by the way :D
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Although my first language was Spanish for some reason I had a hard time saying my name, Roberto, because I couldn't roll the second R very well. So until I was about 4 or 5 I hated my name because of it. I was finally able to get it about that age.
Spanish is one of two languages I would love to learn (the other is Italian), but I CANNOT roll those damn "R"s! It makes me crazy.

Robert is my step-dad's name, my brother's name, and my girlfriend's dad's name--and now I can add you to my collection of awesome fellas with that name :) I prefer "Roberto" to "Robert", actually. What is it about that "O" that makes it so much more poetic and wonderful?
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Kayleigh.

Kay-Lee...

When those automated voices say it, they always say, "kuh lie" which cracks me the fuck up.

One guy at work calls me Lindsay.... And a few others will sometimes say Kayla or Kelly. Or Kylie. :eyeroll:
So, in one of my undergrad classes, I knew not a single other soul. I sat in the front row, cuz I'm geeky like that, and I would have casual conversations with some of the folks next to me and behind me before class started each day. I didn't know anyone else's names, and when this one girl who sat behind me kept saying the name "Heather", I figured one of the other folks around us must be named "Heather". But no. For some reason, she thought "Heather" was my name. By the time I realized that *I* was Heather, we were a month or so into the semester, and I felt too awkward to correct her. So, I was "Heather" for that entire semester :lol:

Unfortunately, I shared this story with my supervisor at a factory where I worked, and she thought it so hilarious that she began to call me "Heather", and so did many of my co-workers. Such a girly name! I hated it! Before that, I was often called "The Bleeder", for my penchant for slicing my fingers to bits on certain machines I worked. I actually preferred "The Bleeder" to "Heather" :lol::lol::lol:
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So, it has come to my attention that those crazy Brits have their own special way of saying "Bonnie", and, apparently, said that way, it does not rhyme with my name.

So.

Perhaps you have heard of Ani DiFranco? My name also rhymes with her's. Unless you say that some bizarre way, as well ;)
 
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Dabs

Registered Member
My first name is not hard to pronounce or unusual at all. Very simple, it's Deborah, but most call me Debbie. But my LAST name, oh hell yeah, when I just say it, or mention it, there is not one person that can spell it. 9 times out of 10 when I say it to a new doctor or a new other person, they will go "Say that again please"- or "Spell that for me please". Then that lonely 1 idiot that doesn't ask those questions, writes down what they think they hear, or are maybe embarrassed to ask me, and they never get it right then either. In fact, all 4 of the names I have had since birth, are odd, unique, different, hard to spell or pronounce. It's a curse I tell ya.
 

qweerblue

Registered Member
My first name is not hard to pronounce or unusual at all. Very simple, it's Deborah, but most call me Debbie. But my LAST name, oh hell yeah, when I just say it, or mention it, there is not one person that can spell it. 9 times out of 10 when I say it to a new doctor or a new other person, they will go "Say that again please"- or "Spell that for me please". Then that lonely 1 idiot that doesn't ask those questions, writes down what they think they hear, or are maybe embarrassed to ask me, and they never get it right then either. In fact, all 4 of the names I have had since birth, are odd, unique, different, hard to spell or pronounce. It's a curse I tell ya.
Hahaha, Dabs, you know what? I got hit with a dilly of a last name, too. Probably not as complicated as yours, but difficult enough that folks almost never say it right. And yes, it's a curse.

Oddly enough, I actually really like my last name, too though. Go figure.
 
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