Random Ranting

This is in no way serious, just me being me.

I was blessed with a fairly unusual name and by unusual, I mean that my nick name is a dude’s name… an uncommon dude’s name. And when I got married I took my husbands last name which is a girl’s name. I’m pretty sure I’ve said my name on here before but for the sake of anonymity let’s say my name is something like John-Ann Amy. Everyone calls me John. And just for interest sake, my maiden name is also a guy type name so I went from being John-Ann Richards to John-Ann Amy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my name. I do, but when you have an obscure name I think you’re forced into life of having to be humble and accommodating and calm because for the rest of you’re life you’re going to be faced with the same mistaking of your name and the same questions about your name and the same joke(s) about your name. And that’s okay, I like the attention sometimes. But I feel like for the first time in my life because of IVF, I’m being tested on this silly non-issue issue. Usually, I don’t have to deal with strangers on the phone that often but now I’m on the phone constantly with insurance and doctors and nurses and billing and I swear if I have to explain that my first name isn’t Amy it’s actually John and yes, I know it’s a strange name hahaha thank you, I’m just going to snap. And I swear to God, it’s the same nurse who keeps calling me on my last name and I’ve corrected her every..single…time. Yes, yes, I understand they talk to hundreds of women all the time they can’t be expected to remember my name but it’s on the form that you’re looking at lady, come on!

And really, here’s what actually kills me about this. It’s not the fact that she’s reading it wrong its the fact that my name on all of the paper work they have has my first name in the first name box and the last name in the last name box, because I’ve been doing this my whole life, I know how to fill out a form. So when they’re reading my name and see the easier girly name in the last name box they must think I’M THE IDIOT who doesn’t know how to follow directions and put my first name in the last name box because who on God’s green earth would name they’re daughter John-Ann..pfff. She must be a dummy… Or a foreigner… That’s what really bugs me. I can’t win people. I just can’t… Okay, rant over.

Side note: If your name is John-Ann or you know a John-Ann or are thinking of naming you’re daughter John-Ann, it’s a beautiful name, but it comes with baggage. You have been warned.


3 thoughts on “Random Ranting

  1. Listen, Amy, just relax. Kidding! I hear you on this one. My partner has what I think is a common female name, Michele, yet the nurse at my clinic thought she was a French guy and asked me 10 times when he was going to drop off his sperm for analysis. Stories we will tell our babies…

  2. Hahaha I understand your pain! I actually have a very common European name, but it is not so common here in the good old US of A so it is constantly being mispronounced and misspelled; even when I AM SPELLING IT they get it wrong! This is a huge pet peeve of mine! So your rant is understandable, especially when in the middle of IVF when you just don’t want to deal with it. You are doing a fantastic job!

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