On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Abe Gross argross at bigpond.net.au
Tue Mar 11 06:50:31 EST 2003


Ian wrote:

> You'd be amazed at the number of people in the U.S. that I've run
> into who see my first name and say "Eye-un" instead of "EE-un"
>
> I got in the habit, in Canada, when giving someone my name to write
> down of saying "Ian Riddell, R I D D E L L" because no one could
> spell my last name. So I tried that here too. I'd get to the end of
> it and people would say "How do you spell your first name? Does it
> start with "E"?"
>
> This amazes me every time. I guess there are no fans of the James
> Bond books here! I wonder if the popularity of the Lord of the Rings
> Movies (with Ian McKellan and Ian Holm) and X-Men (Ian McKellan
> again) will change this . . .
>
> blessings
>
> Ian

I am amazed also. I thought Ian was a fairly popular name in
English-speaking countries; it certainly is here.

Ros

> >Whn I first began to sign my name on mailing lists, I used to get offlist
> >emails asking me if I was a male or a female. They couldn't seem to
> >understand "Ros" and thought it might be "Ross". Apparently, to many
North
> >Americans the shortened form of Roslyn is Roz, not Ros, because they
would
> >pronouce the "s" as in "moss", not "z". I considered just calling myself
> >Roslyn on mailing lists; it would be easier, and besides, I actually
*like*
> >my full name. I do get called Roslyn by some people IRL, but Ros always
> >feels friendlier to me somehow, so I still stick to it on mailing lists.
> >
> >And I'm one of the apparent minority on the list who has never changed
her
> >name (except when I got married. I still use my "maiden" name together
with
> >my married surname for some purposes but not all the time).
> >
> >Ros (Roz, *not* "Ross")
> >
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