You guessed it, we’re talking about names and getting it correct. This seems to be a boiling point with me. Back in 2013, I dedicated a whole post about spelling my name wrong, and apparently it’s time for a refresher.
I know, I know, it’s like beating a dead horse, but maybe when that faithful day when people finally get it right, I won’t have to bitch anymore, but until then I will give you a crash course. When it comes to my name, no, I don’t have much faith in people, so let’s get on with it.
My name is Kendal Ann, that’s spelled K-e-n-d-a-l with one L and an Ann.
I don’t understand why this is such a hard concept for people to grasp. My name is not a different variation such as, Kendall, Kendel, Kendell and my name most certainly is not Kendra. My name is Kendal Ann, and maybe Kendal if that’s how I introduced myself to you.
The issue, of my name is something that I am venting to David about on a weekly bias. Yes, it bothers me. It bothers me so much because this has been going on my entire life. News flash, I like my name. I like my name a lot. You know what, I even love my name. I wish people, would call me the right thing; it’s my name. Does it really take that much effort to get my or anyone else’s name right? I go through all of the trouble (please note that is sarcastic because it’s not trouble at all) to get your name right, so do the same for me. Have some respect. If I introduce myself as Kendal Ann, I expect you to refer to me as that unless I say something else. Maybe that’s rude, but I don’t go around calling my friends who introduce themselves as Michael, Mike, unless they note otherwise.
Earlier this week, I had an email exchange with someone I don’t know about my name. Keep in mind, I’ve been a part of this organization for seven years. I just received an award form this organization. These people know who I am. I emailed this woman blanking stating my request and adding in, “Additionally, is there anywhere in the database you can note that my preferred name is Kendal Ann, not Kendal?” This woman emails me back a few days later saying: Hi Kendal! …
So, I am sure you can see it. That is the final straw that broke the camel’ s back. I wrote back and at the very end I noted:
Additionally, please note the name preference.
(It’s Kendal with one L and an Ann)
From here on out, this is how I will be signing my name to people who don’t get it right on the first try. Of course it made me feel bad, but I am sick of standing back ideally especially when people don’t have the common decency to spell Kendal right. Hey, bro, look at my email, my signature, the sign off. You have three opportunity to edit before hitting the send button.
David tells me, he’s never seen someone so worked up about this, but when you have a name that isn’t your basic Nicole, Emily, Sarah then what do you expect? And you know, I am beyond happy I have a unique name, I just want people to show a little respect and refer to me as my proper name. It’s really not that hard. Maybe Kendal Ann seems too formal to these folks, but formal or not it’s my name and it’s what I prefer to be called. After all, it’s not like I am asking you something totally absurd and out of the question. I am just asking you to slow down and spell my name correctly and to keep on the Ann, stop dropping it off.