As anyone reading this can probably infer from the title of my blog, my name is Maisie. Maisie is not that common of a name, although it has grown in popularity since the early 2000s (coincidence? I think not!) I love having a unique name because it distinguishes me from everyone else. I’m not another Jane or Lisa or Kate. I’m Maisie. However, there are a set of unique struggles that come with having a one-of-a-kind name, and I am listing the ones that bother me most. This post is partly inspired by a video on BuzzFeed that I like.
Struggle #1: Substitute Teachers
In every class that I have, I have to memorize where I am in the roll call because I never know if one day, I’m going to have a sub. Subs never have any idea how to pronounce my name, so whenever my name is about to be called, I just butt in and say my name.
(SUB hesitates for a moment.)
Maisie: Maisie, Maisie. My name is Maisie. It rhymes with the word “daisy.”
Sub: Okay. Thank you, Masai.
Struggle #2: Starbucks
Barista: Hi, how can I help you?
Maisie: May I have a slice of pumpkin bread and a double chocolate-chip frappucino without coffee, please?
Barista: Sure, I’ll need a name for that order.
Maisie: It’s Maisie, spelled M-A-I-S-I-E.
(The BARISTA takes out a cup and writes “MACY” on it. MAISIE facepalms.)
Struggle #3: Meeting New People
Bob: Hi, I’m Bob, what’s your name?
Maisie: I’m Maisie, nice to meet you.
Bob: Nice to meet you as well, Macy!
(BOB and MAISIE shake hands, while MAISIE subtly-not-so-subtly grimaces.)
Struggle #4: When People I Actually Know Mispronounce My Name
Classmate: Hey, Macy!
Maisie (scowling): It’s Maisie, like “daisy,” but with an M instead of a D!
Struggle #5: Letters/Mail
(An electrical bill arrives on MAISIE’S doorstep. It is addressed to:
123 MAIN STREET
Maisie: Hey, at least they got the address right! But no one by the name of Maisy lives here, so tough luck to whoever has to pay this bill.
When I Finally Give Up on the World
Maisie: Hi, I’d like to order 3 large cheese pizzas for takeout.
Pete of Pete’s Pizzeria: Sure, what’s the name for that order?
Maisie: Mary. It’s Mary.
I hope anyone out there with an obscure name can relate to this! YOU ARE NOT ALONE, FELLOW BEARERS OF OBSCURE NAMES!
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