My whole life, people have called me Cecilia. Many of them have even felt the need to sing me the song. I guess it makes sense. Compared to my *actual* name, it is much more common, so I can understand why people tend to naturally go there. Typically, I'll correct the error once, but seeing as I'm not big on repeating myself, there have been a good number of people who have continued to incorrectly address me time and time again. It is what it is, I guess.
This being my situation, I wanted to make sure that when my time came to name a child, I would not make the same mistake twice. Well, I fucked up royally. Joe and I had loved and discussed the name "Lucia" before we even got married. But there was one little problem... the pronunciation. Joe, being of Italian decent, believed the name should be pronounced "loo-chi-ya". I, being of hispanic decent, preferred "loo-see-ya". After years of not being able to compromise, we chose another girl name when I became pregnant. We loved the other girl name and it went fabulously with our last name, but for some reason we couldn't truly become attached to it. Joe, then, brought back the idea of "Lucia". After thoroughly discussing it, we decided that since we lived in a state with a HUGE spanish-speaking population, it would be best to go with "loo-see-ya". We could avoid any confusion and it sounded lovely with her middle name, which we were not budging on.
Our plan has totally backfired. No one ever thinks to pronounce it "loo-see-ya". Even my family members (who are all spanish-speakers), have a tendency to refer to her as "loo-chi-ya". Not only that, but we've gotten more "loo-sha"s (British pronunciation) than "loo-see-ya"s, and that way of saying it isn't even remotely common stateside. Look, I'm not trying to say that we made the wrong decision or that we have any regrets. I LOVE her name, I love the way we pronounce it, and I love that it suits her so perfectly*. It just makes me wonder how on earth I ended up doing to her what was done to me.
*Although if you read my other blog or follow me on twitter, you know that we exclusively call her "Cheech".