When one of my blogging friends, Caroline Makepeace, from yTravelblog mentioned funny surnames especially how some people often find it difficult to spell her surname correctly, she made me laugh.
She said she has to reply to them: “It’s Makepeace, as in – Not War – one word.”
Which got me thinking about my name. How often people will say:
“Did you say Gastro?”
“Oh not like the engine oil then?”
“No – Castro – with a C, as in Fidel.”
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Funny Surnames and their spellings.
Surnames are funny aren’t they? Some are easy to pronounce and spell, like Smith and Jones or Farmer perhaps. But others. Well!
How about Hickinbottom or Fancypants or Bendover?
Surnames are varied and funny or difficult to spell or just plain weird. So I decided to ask some Lifestyle Fifty readers if they had any troubles with their surnames.
Here (with permissions) is what they said. Thanks Carol, Sonia, Alison and Annabel.
“One time a friend organised free entry to an Oktoberfest in London for us. He said he’d leave our name at the door.
So my husband explained this to the doorman and gave his name – Rich Candy – but no such name was to be found on the doorman’s list.
“Have another look!” We said.
All our friends were waiting for us inside and we were keen for a beer.
“The name’s Candy it should be on the list!”
So he had another look then looked a bit confused before asking:”Mr and Mrs Ghandi?”
My husband and I looked at each other then looked back at the doorman.
“Yes,” Rich said. “That’s us!”
Then the doorman stepped aside and let us in.”
Annabel Candy writes wonderful stories about life and travel at Get in the Hot Spot .Everynow and then we meet up in real life too 🙂
“My married surname is Bellhouse- I’ve been referred to as Val House in a phone call, but the best (or worst!) was Bellhound.
Oh apart from the inane “ring ding ding” remarks.
These days I explain it as Bell- what you ring – and House- where you live. That usually straightens it out!”
“Our last name is. Mihlfeld – you cannot believe how people butcher the spelling and pronunciation.
Since I used to be an elementary school teacher, I taught the kids how to say my name by drawing a stick figure on a hill and show it falling down. I told them the stick figure’s name was “Mel” and he fell down the hill ‘ – so our name is “Mel-feld”.
Still do it with adults (just without the drawing).”
“My surname is Hop Hing, my husband is of Chinese descent.
You can just imagine, there being no hyphen, how sometimes people think Hop is my middle name.
We have been called Hip Hop, Hip Hong … the list goes on and on!
My husband’s ID came back with his surname changed to Hip Hop, he had to pay to get it fixed! Can you believe it?”
What’s your surname?
Do you have a funny tale to tell? Would love to hear your story in the comments section 🙂