Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Are You Related?



I had a moderately unusual maiden name.

A consequence of this (apart from always getting your name spelled wrongly!) is that whenever you meet anyone who's heard your name before, they want to know "Are you related?" to whoever they've previously met with the same name.

Turns out I now have a moderately unusual married name! Only now, instead of the usual 'no', the answer is more like "I don't know, I've only had this name for six months".

I'd never thought about it that way before.

7 comments:

Dedene said...

I've spent my whole life with an unusual name. It's so unusual that no one's ever asked me that! Maybe I'm lucky. HA!

Chef E said...

Good post! When I was 'Akin' which is my scotch-irish maiden name I just heard 'Are you akin for a breakin', or hey you look just like so and so...but now my hubby's name is German so they just spell it wrong or say it 'Sterling' instead of 'Stelling', lol

Jeanne said...

My husband's last name is also enjoyed by a family who ran a small grocery near here many years ago, so I always get, "Oh, did you own that grocery?"

Kazzy said...

Besides my cousins and grandparents I never met anyone else with my maiden name. Now I have a very common surname and I have enjoyed that too. Did you ever think about coming up with a good story about the people you may be related to? LOL

Lyndsay said...

My father was Finnish and my maiden name had a double I in it. No matter how slowly, or how many times I spelled it, I was like some brain cell totally blocked people from being able to put those two i's next to each ither.

Drove me nuts, but at least no one ever asked me if I was related to someone else!

Cecilia said...

haha Reminds me of times when I'm on vacation in the States and people find out I'm from Canada, they ask if I know "Bob" (or whoever they know). We aren't a small tribe for goodness sakes!

I hope I don't get too many questions when I take my fiance's name. I haven't thought about that yet...

Domestic Executive said...

I've spent my whole life spelling out my married name. No TrEEEEAAAA......but I was used to that having spent my pre-married life going NO only one M!

Not often had the are you related question though.

I changed my name after my marriage for practical reasons. There were two of us with the same surname and the same initial. He kept being paid my expenses!

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