I was flipping The Sunday Times earlier and came across an article about people having weird names such as “Pepper, Bright, Twelve” etc. A few weeks back, a friend told me a funny name of another friend, (pronounced Ab-Ce-Did), spelt – ABCD. I thought that was quite erm.. creative. Another friend’s friend called herself “Christmas”.
My pastor had named me “priscilla”, a name found in the bible (in book of ACTS) during baptism and sometimes, I wished he had given me a shorter name like EVE, EvA, ANNA. Names that people will not mis-pronounced or try to shorten because, they are too lazy to spell in full.
Over the years, I have gotten used to friends (new or old) who try to pronounce, spell my name as “precelia, priscela, presillia …. “and many other variations. As much as I do not really like it shortened as “Pris”, I figured, that is an acceptable and easy to remember version.
However, recently some folks had even gone to an extend of just calling me P.T. I totally hated it and contemplated telling them off. I think it’s just rude to send an email addressing someone as “hi PT”, without even knowing if she even like being addressed that way. There are some friends who have long Chinese names and deliberately picked out either the middle or last name, ie: my best friend prefer us to call her “YEN” which is the last character of her chinese name.
I was complaining to a friend earlier about this and he said, “haha, imagine if your name is Lenny Lee. Shorten it, becomes “Hey L.L” (folks who understand Hokkien, will know what it means).”
So, I told Jon that maybe i should just add a nice and short middle name like a “Priscilla EVE Tan” and call myself EVE.
When I got the chance to help my parents name my little brother when he was born. I named him KEN.
Food for thought… when you start naming your kids.