Don't make fun of a person's name
By Judy Evans
December 29, 2017 9:09pm CST
I wrote recently about my true name being Judith as opposed to Judy. @Morleyhunt mentioned that her first name has ten letters so she doesn’t often use it. I was reminded of a story about a young man who worked in a bank. A lady came in to change the signatures for an organisation. When asked for the name of the new treasurer, the woman said ‘Barbara O’Shaughnessy’ to which the bank clerk replied ‘Gee, that’s a mouthful isn’t it?’ You can probably guess the rest. When the lady signed the form she carefully wrote ‘Barbara O’Shaughnessy’. It’s best never to make fun of people’s names! And did I ever happen to mention that Vince’s first ‘real’ job was in a bank? And a photo of me with my rabbit.
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@judyev I feel for people who have a name normal for where they live but then move to a country where that name sounds just outrageous in the new context. For example the Indian surname Dickshit doesn't fare well in Ireland, Oz, NZ etc.Bearers of that name seem to change it to Dixit.
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@JudyEv I'm quite shocked that that name passed the Mylot censor. Someone's sleeping. When I was a child in Malawi it was the custom for people to randomly take upon themselves Western names without applying thought. One young man my father taught announced he had changed his name to Hitler and my father had to stop teaching engineering and start teaching history in an effort to prevent this.
• Bunbury, Australia
@xFiacre The back-packers sometimes adopt a western name too. If I've never heard a name before it can be really hard to remember. One young man who helped us once was called Catcha which sounded more like Gotcha and I didn't have so much trouble with that one for some reason.
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
That is quite a mouthful though. I knew a kid when I was growing up who's first name was short, but his middle name was McKitterick and his last name was McDonald. I always thought it mustve been horrible when he was learning how to write his name when he was a wee one.
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
LOve the photo! Both if you look so cute! I know what you mean by a name being a mouthful as i always thought my name was too big. My sister has a four letter name, and then married a man with three letters to his last name! But my nephew has my last name as his middle name!
• Bunbury, Australia
I find first names of those from other countries can be unknown to me and therefore really hard to remember. It's bad enough remembering Sally or Ivan or Tom or Enid but when the names are ones I've never heard of they seem twice as difficult to recall. We have trouble when we have back-packers out and often have to ask them their names. .
• Riga, Latvia
You were a cute little girl. I have a bigger problem I always kept my maiden name after my first marriage. The second time around I made no change at all. My parents gave me three names. So to solve signature problems I only use my first name Rasma and my maiden name Raisters. But in my passports my official name is Rasma Sandra Zane Raisters-Adamsons. How's that for a mouthful?
Rabbits and children go together . Parents should carefully consider what name they give their children. Nothing much to be done about our family name though. Someone I once had as a neighbor name her daughter after an ancient Egyptian princess. The only problem was it consisted of more than 50 characters. (can't recall it for obvious reason) However she did grow up to be a very beautiful girl (We had a chance encounter)