Sometimes people misspell our names or mispronounce them

@Hatley (164484)
Garden Grove, California
April 8, 2008 12:19am CST
my lotters has anyone ever ever misspelled your last name or just mispronounced it? I get some odd spellings like Hately or Hatfield or even Hadley or worse yet Hartley and I often wonder how they got that so badly screwed up. When I was in the hospital with my first son fifty years ago the nurse brought this cute little baby girl in to me and started to lay her in my arms. I said my baby is a boy. she said well arent you Mrs Hadley I said most vehemently no I am Mrs Hatley and then I spelled it out H a t l e y She checked the name tag on the baby girl and blushed as she apologized all over the place. meanwhile the baby girls mother MrsHadley was yelling a bloody streak,where is my baby what did you do with her? so the nurse took girl baby Hadley to its mother on the run.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
8 Apr 08
I promise to never get your name wrong again Hadley, no, I mean Hetley, no wait....are you screaming yet? LOL I know what you mean. People seldom get my user name wrong,but they get my real name wrong all the time. I've learned to live with it. Once a loan company got my name so wrong, and when my ex didn't make the payments and they came after me, my lawyer got me out of having to pay it (it was the ex's loan and I never saw a dime of the money he borrowed) because he could claim the secondary signer (me) wasn't me because it wasn't my legal name! LOL
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
hehe hetley thats one nobody has used yet thanks for a chuckle. but I see we are in the same boat.that did work out pretty good then .
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 Apr 08
It really ticked off the ex's new wife when those loans started becoming her problem! LOL
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Oct 09
hi sparky one yr later am cleaning up unresolved discussions. so the loan did not bother at all , great.
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• Philippines
8 Apr 08
I have had the same experience several times. Whether we are talking about my first name or my middle name or my family name or my username. I do not know why people seem not to be very careful in this aspect. I mean, I am pretty sure that they would not also want their names to me mispronounced nor misspelled.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
I have met people who get furious when their name is misspelled.
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@clowdine (1402)
• Philippines
8 Apr 08
I am also annoyed by that. Many people would presumptiously, lazily, or carelessly aptly write or type my name with double "s" at the end of my first name. Which has only one "s". I hate it when they do that. I've been thru complicated situations in my life because of that negligence.
@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
That can really fowl things up when your name is misspelled on legal documents for examples.
• United States
16 Nov 09
A misspelled name may also a typo error in some cases but are quite sensitive when dealing with legal document.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Nov 09
yesindeed a misspelled name on a legal document can be 'a real disaster for sure.
• United States
4 Jul 12
I get that all the time because some people think I have two r's in my name. I can't see how spelling sharon caould be messed up like that either. it is such a common name to have these days.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Jul 12
hi sharon I am looking at this and missing Spark of insanity and dumblonddizzy and ting tong and some others wonder where they all went. I know gabby is on facebook a lot. yes I too wonder how anyone could misspell Sharon its a common name. My first name I spell Patsie while 99 percent of people write it Patsy which is not how i spell it. my parents were vehement that it be s pelled with an ie. great to see some of my discussions coming back. lol.
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
16 Apr 08
my surname is MALLILLIN and when people are writting it down i always have to spell it for them because all the Ls are doubled. some even spelled it as MALLIMLLIM. so i have to spell it everytime someone is asking for it. i get used to that. but i make sure they spelled it write specially on important documents
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Apr 08
I know what you meanand I always make sure they spell my name right on legal documents too.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
13 Apr 08
Oh yes many a time but I have never been given the wrong Baby through it though lol That poor Nurse I bet the Mother of the Baby Girl gave her what for
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
Mrs Hadley was a very pretty young black woman who got my very white baby so she was almost in hysterics. seemsfuny now.
@gemini_rose (16194)
8 Apr 08
Hello haltey how are you today (he he) I have the same problem but not with my second name as that is too easy too get wrong, no my first name. There are two ways of spelling it you see, one is in the bible and then the other way just has an extra letter in it which is my way. But everyone always spells it the bible way and it used to get me so mad. Even when I spelled it out for them they would still get it wrong and then I would have to tell them again. maddening.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Oct 09
hi gemini rose one yr later am cleaning up unresolved discussions lol lol still have problems with people even here they spell my name patsy instead of patsie. lol lol
@twoods90 (185)
• United States
8 Apr 08
Wow that would suck for all 3 of you (Nurse, other mom, you)...noting nearly like that has happened with my name..since its a easy one..Main...only misspellings are like Maine, mayne and any other way you can spell it.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
I think the other lady Mrs Hadley was even more upset than I was as she was a pretty negro ladyand I was very white so we knew wehad the wrong babies.
• United States
8 Apr 08
Groan...this happens so frequently. The other day I went to pick up my prescriptions at the drive-thru pharmacy. The guy just wasn't getting my name. I spelled it, verified my address, all the other red tape and he comes back with a prescription for a different Joyce at a different address. I told him "No, I'm not Joyce Bossio and I don't live on Kirby." Anyway, somehow he finally got it right.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
that reminds me of the other day when I did not check my prescriptions before leaving the pharmacy. I looked at them when i got out on the sidewalk and it read Patricia Hartley wrong name so I had to go back in and show them that I had the wrong prescriptions.lol
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
8 Apr 08
People mispronounce my first name all the time. My name is Jana and I have had people call me Janena,Jennna,jauna,Johnna. My last name is easy, its a direction.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
I have a friend named Janelle and people misspell her name every way possible from Jeanelle to Jonlle to Jinelle and it drives her bananas.
@kbourgerie (8781)
• United States
8 Apr 08
LOL. Yes, all the time. My last name is Bourgerie as evidenced by my user name. Can you imagine the number of misspellings and mispronunciation that have occurred with a last name like that? I always tell people that it rhymes with lingerie, thats the only way they can even begin to pronounce it.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
yes I certainley can anytime ones name is really long people manage to mess it up so badly.
@rposta07 (240)
• United States
8 Apr 08
Oh my goodness what a scary feeling you must have had when this happened! My last name is Dellaposta, so yes, people misspeell and mispronounce it all the time! But I dont think anyone else has a similair name to Dellaposta, so the baby mix-up probably wouldnt happen to anyone in my family. Hopefully I dont marry in to a family that has a last name that could so easily be mixed up!
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
I was so glad that my baby was a boy as that was the first thing I had noticed. lol
@jureathome (5363)
• Philippines
21 Jul 12
It would have been more absurd if the nurse gave your baby to Mrs. Hadley. My firstname gets mispelled all the time if I just give it verbally. And, my lastname, especially when I was single, gets mispronounced a lot. When I was in highschool, I hated our P.E. (Physical Education) teacher for mispronouncing my lastname and it really embarrasses me.