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have any of you changed the way you say your name for an easier life.

Old May 2nd 2010, 2:15 pm
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Fiona is a good one for most Spaniards middle aged or younger, even if they don't know it immediately I say 'como la princesa en Shrek' & it gets a smile a joke & they remember me too!

My maiden name is Graham - yes that one is a tad awkward. We always encountered the Gra .... HAM kind of pronunciation. My (ex) married name is a brand of Whisky (or wikky as it tends to be called around here) so that's not too difficult either...
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Old May 2nd 2010, 6:36 pm
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Came to Costa Brava 8 years ago, (Salvador Dali country) soon found if i gave my name as Dali rather than Daly (mail) Mucho respect. Anyway going back to live in UK. next week so it wont matter any more.
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Old May 3rd 2010, 12:17 pm
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Sue Goodwright - absolutely hopeless for the Spanish especially the surname - so I usually tell them I am called Susannah - that seems to work and they say it beautifully
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Old May 11th 2010, 3:46 pm
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I had to abandon my second surname, except for official (bureaucratic) purposes. My first surname is also a boy's name, so I turned up at appointments where they were expecting a man (not a woman). That was the definitive sign.
I do ask people (on average twice) to pronounce my name right. If they don't, after that, I'll just ignore it. But I will always pronounce mine right, even if it means spelling it out.
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I had to abandon my second surname, except for official (bureaucratic) purposes. My first surname is also a boy's name, so I turned up at appointments where they were expecting a man (not a woman). That was the definitive sign.
I do ask people (on average twice) to pronounce my name right. If they don't, after that, I'll just ignore it. But I will always pronounce mine right, even if it means spelling it out.
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Old May 13th 2010, 1:12 pm
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My name is Louise, but many people find it hard (if not english or french) and call me Louis! So I call myself Louisa a lot of the time.
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