What’s in a Name?By
My name, I’ve obviously had it all my life.
The first day of school was always fun, a teacher would say “Nicole,” then the pause would come along with a look of confusion. I’d always pipe up and fill in the Misencik for them. I’ll admit, Misencik looks intimidating, it’s not a “normal” last name. Sounding it out sometimes helps, but I’ve found that phonetically writing it is a little easier to take. Misencik: Miss-in-sick. Besides the question of how to pronounce my last name, I’m always asked, where is it from? Well, the origin of my last name is Czechoslovakian.
So, with such a hard last name, you’d think that I would jump at the chance to change it.
I got engaged over the summer, and I’m tying the knot in April. Right after I announced my engagement, two questions were asked, when’s the wedding, and will you change your name. To be perfectly honest, I never thought that far ahead. We just got engaged, why are people asking us to set a date so quickly?
Nonetheless, the date is set, and now the name change question comes.
So will I change my name? The answer… drum roll please… no.
I’ll admit his name sounds good with mine, Nicole Kline. Simple to say, and not as confusing as Misencik.
But, Misencik is my name. It’s a hard one, but it’s also memorable. I’m that Nicole girl with the weird last name. It’s been my name all my life, and I would like to keep it. I could hyphen it, but wow, that’s really a mouthful!
So, there you have it, my weird offbeat name will stay with me. It’s what I was given at birth, and it’s what I intend to keep professionally and personally.