Moving to the States: help picking a nickname (and dealing with social media)
Hi! My name is "Laís".
I'll be going to grad school in the States and I need some help. I've lived in Canada in my teenage years and people usually mispronounced my name. Some teachers in high school just had no idea how to say it. I found it cute when they asked if it was a French name (it isn't), or when they would pronounce it like "Lace". But it bothered a lot if the mispronunciation went towards "Lay's", "Lies" or "Lice".
When I moved to the US a few years later, I started introducing myself as Liz. I love how it sounds! Also, it's kind of a mix of the two nicknames I had as a child back in my country (Lala and Iz). The problem was that knowing me as "Liz", sometimes people would call me "Elizabeth". I even had a name tag printed as Elizabeth once, even though I signed up as Liz. When they saw my email address or Facebook page (where it says Laís), it would get even more confusing.
I could create a new email address and change my Facebook name to "Liz" to solve this problem, although I believe that my professors will have access to my legal name on the school records, so I'd have to kindly ask them to use a nickname. If I stick with Liz, would it be weird, as they will know I'm not named Elizabeth?
I considered the nickname "Lis" to stick with the original spelling of my name, but the pronunciation wouldn't be as intuitive as in "Liz", would it? There's the annoyance of telling everyone "Liz with an S", but if that solves the Elizabeth problem, I could live with it.
A few friends gave me other suggestions: Lisa, Lacey, Lala.
Lisa doesn't work for me. Friends and family back in my home country would find it super weird if I change my facebook name to an anagram of my own name.
I love Lala, as it's very intuitive as short for Laís, but my boyfriend says it can't be used in professional settings - if it really can't, it doesn't solve my problem. I need a nickname that people would always use.
Lacey is not my favorite nickname, but if it's intuitive enough, it could do. But should I change Facebook and email to Lacey?
This is where I am. I appreciate suggestions, comments, and your support!
Tue, 01/17/2017 - 9:49am