But seriously though?! It is my own name, it is how I am identified, yet I still feel uncomfortable correcting someone if they mispronounce or even call me by a different name. So first things first, my name is Marie-Clare. The ‘Marie’ is pronounced ‘marry’ and that’s where I firstly get most issues. It doesn’t overly bother me this as people are just reading it how they see it. The second name I get called is just Marie. Now, this really annoys me, yet I don’t say anything. The way I try and explain it to people is, if you saw the name Anne-Marie, you would read the whole name out, right? You wouldn’t just call them Anne. So why is it any different with my name? I have a hyphen in my name for a reason. So, please read my whole name out. I don’t mind people asking me after if I have a shortened version of my name, but please, read my full name out, at least out of respect to my parents who chose that name!
Even though all of this really winds me up, do I say anything? No I bloody don’t! I Nanny for a few hours a week for a little boy and have done for about 6 months now. Both the little boy and his dad, legit still think my name is Marie. But I haven’t even tried to correct them. Why? I think I do the classic British thing of just smiling and being polite in a slightly awkward situation – in this case when I first met the dad, he just assumed my name was Marie. In my head, I was telling him that Marie wasn’t actually correct and that it’s Marie-Clare, but I guess that thought got lost before it reached my vocal chords.
I won’t even get started on my surname as that’s a whole other story, and I look forward to the day I hopefully marry and get a much more simple surname. But my surname being mispronounced doesn’t bother me. It is a french surname and if I didn’t know the name, I wouldn’t have a bloody clue either! However, I really don’t think my first name is difficult and it does frustrate me when people can only be bothered to say half of it.
The biggest issue here is that I still don’t have the guts to correct someone on mispronouncing or half-saying my name. The truth of the matter is though, I don’t think I ever will. I will continue to nod and smile when someone calls me Marie and act like everything is normal.
So please, if any of you are the same, then do let me know!