Does your name have a traditional spelling, or do you have to help people pronounce it? Or is it just a name you feel is unfortunate? I have to grin at some of the names and spellings people come up with. The most frustrating yet was a set of identical twins with names spelled the same, but different pronunciations. It upset them if you called one by the other name, but, um, they were identical? I've had people come whisper to me to use just their initials, or a middle name, because the first name is uncommon except in books or cartoons, or typically given to the opposite gender. So how about you? Are you common, uncommon, common with a creative spelling, or somewhere in the middle? Were you kind when you named your own children?