Post by Peter Moylan Post by Peter Young
And you got other people who confuse the system like my late
wife. She was born Margaret Anne Daffern but was always known as
SWMBO has initials S J E and is called Elizabeth, except by the NHS
who insist on calling her Susan.
Just as the NHS, apart from our GPs, insisted on calling her
A boyhood friend of mine was named Patrick Daniel, but was known to
everyone as Danny. Then he changed schools, and he couldn't convince his
new teachers to stop calling him Patrick. So he was Patrick at school
and Danny at home.
My brother fought the battle of having people use his preferred name,
particularly when young. It seems like a lot of people think little boys
always use nicknames, particularly when their name is longer than one
syllable, but he was one of my relatives who stuck with the full version
of the first name he was give at birth.
When I was teaching, it was still common for a boy whose first name was
the same as that of his father to be nicknamed "Junior". Sometimes, the
nickname stuck throughout life. I also had a fellow teacher who insisted
that everyone should be addressed by their correct name, which sounds
good in theory but of course many people don't use their "correct" name.
It took me a while to realize that one of the students she called
"Patrick" was actually the same boy everyone else called "Junior". We
actually had more than one Patrick (it was an area with a lot of people
of Irish Catholic ancestry), but mostly they were called "Pat", except
by this teacher. "Pat" is easier to interpret; I honestly didn't know
that Junior was really a Patrick although I assumed he hadn't actually
been baptized "Junior".
I almost never use my middle initial. I think once someone insisted on
using FirstName MiddleInitial LastName on some computer system. Maybe
twice; I might once have had an account with a bank that listed me that
way.I think even when signing legal documents, I've been told to sign
with my usual signature, firstname lastname. The passport people and the
health care people don't want my middle initial, they want all my legal
names, including the middle one.