I was thinking about changing it last year, it may make things easier. I just find it annoying in the doctors or whatever when people call me "Sel-eed-ah" and then I have to explain what it says and what origin it's from .____. and the whole SAS thing makes it difficult to talk to new people alone explaining my name to them.
I had to go all the way to Scotland to learn how to pronounce your name! It means "a musical occasion" (like singing and dancing), right?
While visiting in Scotland, I attended a "ceilidh" but wasn't sure of how to say the word. I wrote it down in a little notebook. The next day, I approached a middle-aged, non-scary-looking lady, and asked, timidly, "Excuse me, are you Scottish?" She said that she was. So I pointed to the word I had copied into my notebook and asked, "How do you pronounce that, please?" She told me, "KAY-lee!"
That's a beautiful name! My family's all Scottish and English, but we got the names that were either boring (e.g. mine, Peter) or cumbersome (like my grandfather, Arnut Hume MacGregor). Celtic and Greek names are the coolest in the world, aren't they?
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