You would think my name was easy for Germans: j is pronounced like the y in English, so for Germans my name is spelt just the way it is pronounced da-YUH-nah. When people hear my name they think it's spelt Diana (a familiar name here, pronounced dee-ahna) but pronounced like the English Diana. I've gotten used to it, but it does get annoying at times. Also my name is quite long, so I thought having a shorter nickname might be an option for me. How hard is it to establish a new nickname? It's easy if I meet someone new, but I don't really want to walk up to people (especially family and close friends) and insist they call by my nickname - especially since I have thousands of nicknames, but none that "sticks" and none that I really like. My mum calls me Mickey (dont ask me why, i dont know), Pointy (same) and Dajani (da-YUH-nee). She uses a different name every time. My family and "normal" friends call me simply by my rea. name - Dajana. My best friends have tons of nicknames for me including DJ, Day J., Daja, Daj and Datsch(i). DJ and Day J. are too "americanized" to have other people call me by any of these names, Daja and Daj are weird and strike me as incomplete, Datsch(i) was just a fun nn my best friend came up with, but the sound of it is awful. In the US I always went by "Dee".
Do you have any other ideas for nicknames I could go by?
The only other nn I could come up with is. Jana, a pretty common name here, but it is a nono, because I associate it with a person I really don't want to share a name with. Any other ideas,
And is there any way I can establish a new nn without directly asking people to call me by that name?
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 8:21am