I understand that it takes some people longer to remember names or spelling; however, I get annoyed when people don't try and then give the "I'm so bad with names" excuse. You get a Get Out of Jail Free card for, like, the first ten interactions with that person, but you really need to know how to say and spell his/her name after that.
Lindsay is a Scottish surname. The Lindsay family lived in Northumberland in North East England. (Source) Eventually, Lindsay became a male given name, but since the mid-20th century, it has become a popular girls' name. Many credit this transition to Lindsey Wagner who played The Bionic Woman in 1976. Although I was to be named Ashley Nicole, many babies at the hospital had the same name, and I was named Lindsay Marie. I believe Lindsey Wagner influenced the new name choice.
Over the years, I've gotten expected misinterpretations and some really interesting variations! If it's a co-worker, it's annoying. If it's a barista, it's highly entertaining!
Spelled: Lindsey, Linzy, Linsey, Lyndsay, and Lyndsy
Said: No errors there.
** Mid-day Update: I don't know how I left this off the list, but I get Leslie a lot, especially when I first meet people. "Hi! I'm Lindsay." "Leslie?" "No, Lindsay." I thought Lindsay was more common than Leslie, but that appears to be false.
Spelled: Lynn, Lin, Lyn, Lynne
Said: Gwynn, Gwen, Wynn, Glenn
* You've probably only ever seen "Linn" on this blog in this post.
** I'm not particular about Linn, because it's a name I got in college that just stuck. People continued to introduce me to others as Linn, so the ripple effect resulted in everyone calling me Linn. I'm used to Linn and Lin. I am not used to Glenn or Wynn. ;)
|I received this fax last week. (Posted to my Instagram)|
Also, my boss is having an identity crisis. I guess this was his way of telling me that I should call him Me instead of Doc from now on.
|Instagram'ed earlier this week.|
Is your name commonly misspelled or mispronounced?
Are you good with names?