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People have different first names in different countries, for the record. It's like this whole thing.


I have found it very interesting having a son in Germany, for many reasons. But mostly because his name's gone all weird.

In Australia, he has one of the most common names ever to exist. It's been in the top 20 Aussie baby names since before we were even a country. In Australia, everyone already knows the spelling, the pronounciation, and the nickname, without having to ask.

In Germany... it's not just an uncommon name; it's a non-existent name.

Here, I'm getting very used to having the exact same conversation over and over:
"What's his name?"
"Lachlan."
"...what?"
"Lachlan."
"...Lach-lan?" (as though I've just presented them with a random mash of syllables that must be carefully tested)
"Yes. Lachlan. It's Scottish."
"...oh."
"Yep."
"...so she's a girl, then?"

They cannot pronounce my son's name. They cannot spell my son's name. The correct spelling convinces them they were wrong about the pronounciation. And they're all sure he's a girl.

It's rather fascinating.

Date: 2014-12-18 07:33 am (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Default)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
You don't hear it in the US either, though I had a classmate whose brother was named Lachlan... they were Scottish.


Gabrielle

Date: 2014-12-18 09:13 am (UTC)
petzipellepingo: (baby bottle by smelltheflowers)
From: [personal profile] petzipellepingo
In a country where they name boys Wolfgang, Uwe, etc. I can see the confusion.

Date: 2014-12-18 10:33 am (UTC)
immer_am_lesen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] immer_am_lesen
As soon as I try to think of German names starting with 'L', they're all girl names...so I think that a boy's name starting with 'L' is not that common, thus perhaps some confusion...?
PS- to really have fun, pronounce it with a Scottish accent from now on. :-D

Date: 2014-12-18 01:37 pm (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
Ludwig?

Date: 2014-12-19 02:50 am (UTC)
immer_am_lesen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] immer_am_lesen
PPS- Interesting that you write their pronunciation of it as "lach-lan", not, say, "lock-lon". How are they saying it? :-)

Date: 2014-12-18 01:37 pm (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
Good thing he's not growing up there. Having a name no one can pronounce or spell or gender correctly is hard.

Date: 2014-12-18 03:24 pm (UTC)
beer_good_foamy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] beer_good_foamy
Maybe they're hearing -lan as -lein and assume that since it's a diminutive, it must be a girls' name? (Which is a whole other issue.)

Date: 2014-12-18 07:16 pm (UTC)
lliira: Fang from FF13 (Default)
From: [personal profile] lliira
I've never known anyone named that, but in the U.S. we're relatively used to unusual names. He'd have to get used to spelling it for everyone, then having people ask what culture it was from and what it meant. And probably what side of his family was Scottish, was he named after an ancestor, had he ever been to Scotland. Then they'd tell him what a great name it was, because that's what we do in these situations.

Date: 2014-12-19 10:10 am (UTC)
immer_am_lesen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] immer_am_lesen
...yours is the second Lachlan baby I know of within a few months!
(btw, I never knew how to spell the nickname- 'Lachie' just looks like it should be pronounced 'lat-chee' or 'lackee'...
Will you keep him as Lachlan, written, or actually write it shorter, too? I know that 'Lochie' looks a little odd, but I think it's the best written form I've seen. :))

Date: 2014-12-19 03:41 pm (UTC)
brin_bellway: forget-me-not flowers (Default)
From: [personal profile] brin_bellway
And here I was thinking you had deliberately given him an unusual name. *adds note to mental file on Australia*

My name is common in both the places I've lived, but I have noticed quite a few "Michaela"s (mih-KAY-luh) here. I never encountered that name in New Jersey.

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