Ever since I could spell my name, I’ve had to spell it for people. My name doesn’t sound hard to spell, but my parents chose a less popular spelling of it. This just means that any personalized items I had growing up (very few of them), were special ordered. Besides not being able to find my name in any tourist trap, I don’t mind the less popular spelling of it! Oh, and it’s really annoying when your name is always underlined by spell check, which gives you the alternate spelling of your name. No really, I know how to spell my name.
I caused more problems for myself when I turned 16. I decided that when spelling the shortened form of “Rebekah,” I did not want to go with the original spelling of my name. This happened when buying letters for a necklace (which I still own and wear regularly). I decided that “Becka” looked a million times better than “Bekah.” I figured if other “Rebecca’s” could spell their names as “Becky,” why couldn’t I do the same for “Becka?”
This is when the confusion really began. Nobody knew how to spell my name! My friends each have their own spellings. Some choose the way that I spell “Becka,” some use “Bekah,” and others yet use “Becca.” Some people get so confused that my name is spelled all kinds of different ways. This confusion in my name even translates to my first name. People rarely spell it correctly.
I’ve reached the point that I could really care less how people spell my name. As long as it isn’t on any official documents as the wrong spelling, you can spell my name however you want. :) Just know that I won’t ever answer to “Becky.” I have nothing against the name, I have just never been called that and I won’t realize you are talking to me! I was never called “Becky” growing up because my dad didn’t like that derivative of Rebekah. Thus, “Becka” became my most common nickname (My dad has his own special shortened version of my name that only he calls me. I totally love it). My best friend has shortened my name to simply, “Beck.”
What’s in the spelling of a name? Not much, unless you’re an official document. Then, it’s very important.