I’ve noticed that my last name seems to give people a lot of trouble. I’m not sure why that should be the case—it seems pretty straightforward to me, after all. And for people with whom I’ve interacted in person, it has the extra benefit of being phonetic: it’s spelled exactly like it sounds. People who’ve only seen my name as text don’t have that extra pronunciation reminder, but oh well.
For the record—and I’m sure this will do absolutely no good, since anybody reading this has already managed to find the proper spelling at some point—my last name is spelled
It is not spelled TREGELLIS, nor is it spelled TRIGELLES, TREGELLES, TERGIILLIS, TREGILIS, TEGILS, $%*@#$@%, or anything other than the above.
I used to be fairly easygoing about whether people got my name right. Sometimes, depending on the situation, I still am. (Growing up as a kid in a place where nobody, apparently, had ever encountered the name “Ian” taught me the value of choosing one’s battles wisely. Which is why I grew up answering to Ion, Eon, Een, Io, Jan, Sam, Eeyore, Iran, and just about anything else you could imagine. Folks from the UK and Australia are probably shaking their heads right now. And to think my parents went with the simplest possible spelling. They didn’t go the ultra-Gaelic route with extra i’s and silent g’s.)
But I’ll admit the “Tregellis” thing bugs me more than it used to. (That being, by leagues, the most common misspelling.) Maybe because in this age of the lightning-fast networked information society, it’s literally the work of about 5 seconds to verify the spelling. But also because—in this age of the lightning-fast networked information society—it’s very easy for misspellings to propagate. I just don’t understand why people feel it’s better to take a wild guess than to expend 5 seconds of effort.
There’s a line of very popular SF/fantasy novels that have, for years, featured an acknowledgment to “Ian Tregellis”… in spite of several polite corrections issued to the author.
So there you go. One “E”, two “I”s, and two “L”s.
And that as my King Canute moment for the day.