My name is Rayne Bair, yes, it really is. Here’s the story. Rayne (pronounced like rain) is actually my middle name, but it wasn’t always. My maiden name is Alburquerque. With a last name that long, my parents didn’t feel the need to give me a middle name. That was more than enough for a 4-5 year old to learn to spell. So I grew up with no middle name. When I got to college, I was finally fed up with people butchering my first name, Arenys (I pronounce it in English as ah-ray-ness or ah-reh-ness). Arenys is actually a little town in Spain. But anyway. You can see how that would be really hard to figure out. I struggled my whole life with mispronunciation and name calling. So when I got to college, I told everyone my name was Rayne (you can hear the sound in my first name). And that stuck.
I met my husband my sophomore year of college and his last name is Bair (like bear). I really thought he was joking when he first told me. Especially after he told me his sister’s name is Cinnamon, really! We dated all through college and when it came time to get our marriage license, I went to the Judge of Probate and petitioned to change my name to include Rayne officially as a middle name. So when I married, I became Arenys Rayne Bair. And all my friends and family now know me as Rayne.
Did you choose your name? If so, how?