Henry Vilas wrote:If it is constantly mispronounced because of the weird spelling then the child bears the burden, not the parent(s).
Okay. So you're just thinking of the children?
The spelling of my last name was changed upon entry into the United States to make it look "less foreign." It has been mispronounced by teachers, principals, coworkers and casual acquaintances as long as I can recall.
I can't imagine it would have been any better with the original, but boy that weird spelling sure freaked out some Americans somewhere. Or maybe it was self-consciousness over an American freak-out that caused my relatives to change it. That'd be a shame, wouldn't it?
Language is a beast, accepting of only the loosest bridle. My recommendation: don't sweat it if someone has a different interpretation of the "correct" spelling of a name.
So let's get this back on track. Is anyone here unclear on how "McKayla" is pronounced?