Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Those names are so last generation. Nowadays your hipper parents change the spellings, using a different combination of letters to produce (roughly) the same sound. Like Raynne, Ahpul, and Kocowe.
I hate when people do this. It dooms the poor kid to a life of spelling out a name that should be simple.
"My name is Stephen Jones, and I'd like to get a driver's license"
"Ah, yes, S-T-E-P-"
"No, ma'am, it's S-T-E-7-I-N-N, which explains why I'm a sociopath who tortures cats"
I actually encountered this by proxy yesterday. The lawn guy came by while I was unloading my toddler from the Jeep. He asked my boy's name, and I told him. It's a relatively common name, especially in the South, and the lawn guy went, "oh, my grandson's name is the same, how do you spell it?" I was confused, given I spell it the way it's spelled, but I told him, and he informed me that his grandson's was spelled in some convoluted manner. I wanted to respond with, "congrats, your son is a douche," but he was a nice guy who is about to cut down a tree that sits about 15 feet from my bedroom, so I refrained.