i'd prefer another name - when i was growing up i had a speech impediment, making it difficult to pronounce "r" and (not as bad but) "th". so, i hated having to say my name since it wouldn't sound correct. (my name is Heather)
i can obviously pronounce it now, but i'm still very self-conscious about it. it makes me sound very young. i especially don't like it when i meet a guy, and i say my name and they have to ask twice because i say it quietly. when i speak quickly my pronunciation of "r" is still off, people have commented that i sound like a kid. ****.
i'm still not completely confident when saying it, but its a bit better. i just have to make sure to speak loudly, slowly, and project my voice, instead of mumbling it and saying it really quickly.
My name is of West African heritage & I've always loved names that are more unique as opposed to the more common ones so in that regard yes I like mine. I do prefer my middle name of late though, that is also if West African Heritage. The only drawback is having to correct people on pronunciation but at this point I'm used to it, so I don't get angry or anything
As a little kid I hated it, but I've come to like it. Karl is such a simple no-nonsense name. You can't shorten it into some nickname as it's already down to only 4 letters to start with. It's not an exotic name that makes people say "what?", but at the same time it's not so exceedingly common that we have a whole herd of Karls on SAS (the other day I welcomed two more Daves to the 20 we must already have around here). I also like the Germanic 'K' spelling -- even if 95% of people want to spell it with a 'C' -- as that spelling goes nicely with my Germanic surname.