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According to Christmas cards our neighbours think I am called...

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Yehbutnobut Sun 15-Dec-19 14:43:11

...strange variations on my actual name. We moved here over 12 years ago and introduced ourselves over the week to various neighbours.

Of course our close ones know us well but every Christmas we both have to laugh. One neighbour thinks I’m married to Barry another to Ian! And DH clearly is polygamous from the variety of names given to me. This despite the fact I write our names clearly on their cards.

Is it just us?

ninathenana Sun 15-Dec-19 15:18:02

I think it must be.
Easy enough to get similar sounding names wrong but it dosen't seem to be the case here.
Strange neighbours you gave smile

Yehbutnobut Sun 15-Dec-19 15:54:33

nina it’s actually a very friendly road and we all stop to chat and send Christmas cards but it’s only the immediate ones (half a dozen) we socialise with. Those living further down the avenue and especially on the other side of the road across The Green we only see now and then, especially those who still work.

SueDonim Sun 15-Dec-19 16:17:57

Someone I was at school with got my name wrong in the card I received last week. Why she’s given me a name-change after more than 50 years, I don’t know. I am kind of concerned for her, to be honest.

Charleygirl5 Sun 15-Dec-19 16:22:27

One of my cousins was using my maiden name and misspelling my first name. She was not born when I got married in 1974.

This year I spelled out both names but my first name was still wrong- I give up.

KatyK Sun 15-Dec-19 16:25:26

We've been in our house for 38 years and my next door neighbour calls me by a name that isn't my name, despite me telling her several times.

Hetty58 Sun 15-Dec-19 16:25:36

My brother has never got my surname right in over forty years! He used to get the address wrong too until recently. I only give cards to a couple of near neighbours who are friends, really, as I've been cutting down drastically on the card list over the years.

Septimia Sun 15-Dec-19 16:41:15

There's another family with the same surname in our village. They're totally unrelated and have lived here nearly as long as us. However, some people still swap husbands and wives
around and we get cards e.g. addressed to me and the 'other man'!

And most people can't spell my name correctly. I shouldn't complain too much as my grandmother couldn't spell it either!

dragonfly46 Sun 15-Dec-19 16:43:21

We once got a card from our next door neighbour addressed to me and Brian. My DH is not called Brian but from that day forward it is a standing joke in our house that I must be having an affair with Brian!!

Maggiemaybe Sun 15-Dec-19 16:57:06

Not a name thing, but at a neighbourhood party the host said he'd offer us a beer, but knew we wouldn't accept, us being Mormons. confused

We have lived here over 30 years and are not, nor ever have been, Mormons. And we do like a beer. grin

EllanVannin Sun 15-Dec-19 17:23:36

Sure he said Mormons ? ( roaring with laughter here ) hahahaha.

tanith Sun 15-Dec-19 17:36:58

I found out yesterday via FB that I’ve been sending my nieces cards to an old address for at least 4 yrs 🤣. I think she must of forgotten to tell me about a change of address, or maybe not 🤨

Willynilly Sun 15-Dec-19 17:53:59

'According to Christmas cards our neighbours think I am called...' Maureen!

My actual name is quite unusual and absolutely, most definitely nothing even remotely like Maureen.

Maggie, Mormons? Hahaha Ellan very funny.

Maggiemaybe Sun 15-Dec-19 17:55:49

That was my first question too, EV! Mormons it was (thank goodness). grin

Maggiemaybe Sun 15-Dec-19 18:01:11

We tracked the rumour back to the neighbour we thought had started it. “Well you do have a lot of children” he said. Three! We’re hardly the Osmonds!

mrsgreenfingers56 Sun 15-Dec-19 18:02:40

I laughed on this one, my name is Helen but neighbours of 40 years plus still address Christmas card as Ellen but know I am called Helen!

Newquay Sun 15-Dec-19 18:03:41

Well, after we’d lived in our road for a few years-DDs about 10-ish when we arrived-I passed neighbours from a few doors away when out with DH. Called out “hello Mr Little”! He cheerily replied with my name. DH was mortified cos Little wasn’t his name but yes, you’ve guessed it, he WAS little! Dear daughters were great Mr Men fans so it must have been from them! So then I had to start calling him by his proper name!

endlessstrife Sun 15-Dec-19 18:48:42

We had that once with a new neighbour. I swear he said his name was Brian with an ‘I’. Later, he asked why we kept calling him Brian when his name is Keith! Very strange!

Callistemon Sun 15-Dec-19 18:58:06

I called someone by the wrong name for years (not that I saw her often).

And always have to think whether someone is Carol or Carole (we know several), Martin or Martyn (three of them), Lynda or Linda, Neve, Neeve or Niamh etc.

I must make a proper list when we take the cards down next year.

sodapop Sun 15-Dec-19 19:07:47

An old friend of mine always calls my husband by the name of a previous boyfriend. Good job he is not sensitive.

Hetty58 Sun 15-Dec-19 20:07:41

My mother often called my second husband by my first husband's name - but I'm sure it was deliberate!

BBbevan Sun 15-Dec-19 20:47:16

When I was young my name was very unusual. Nowadays it is much more popular. It can be spelled with a 'y' or an ' i' in the middle. It really annoys me when I sign a card and the recipient send one back using the alternative spelling. Do they not read the card ?

Grannybags Sun 15-Dec-19 20:51:55

When we moved here, 30 years ago I had a long chat with my neighbour about how we both had the same name, spelt with an "e" at the end and both said how annoying it was when people left it off.....every year I get a card with the "e" missing from my name. Grrr angry

Yehbutnobut Sun 15-Dec-19 21:50:18

These have made me laugh. Just glad I’m not the only one.

lemongrove Sun 15-Dec-19 23:12:49

We all know each other here, send cards, and have a Christmas get together, we have received cards now from all of them, but on Friday had a hand delivered card through the door from Doris and Alan.We don’t know a Doris and Alan.
It just said Happy Christmas on the envelope, so they don’t know us either!