And you thought I was the only one..

I’ve gone through my life spelling my surname at least half a dozen times a day and dealing with various nicknames (Petits Filous, Petty Pettis etc) but much like Tigger, I was the only one and I really rather liked it. The only other Emma Pettis I’d ever found was a 39 year old woman, living in Kent at the time of the 1901 Census along with a number of other members of the Pettis clan. However, while Googling myself (we all do it, I really don’t believe you if you claim otherwise) I found out that I am not as unusual as I would like to believe, there is another Emma Pettis.

I know. It rocked my world too 🙂

She lives in Australia – Melbourne to be precise – and takes a rather nifty photograph. This is probably my favourite of her pics, but I’d encourage you to take a look at all of her website. I’ve dropped her an e-mail to say ‘hello’, hopefully I haven’t come across as a complete weirdo and I’ll let you know if I hear back from her.

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About paddymade

Thirtysomething PR type, Northern Ireland born and bred, now residing in Aberdeen. I drink tea (a lot), swear (loudly) and craft (badly) This is my little corner of the internet, pull up a chair and get comfortable :)
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3 Responses to And you thought I was the only one..

  1. I’ve also gone through life having to spell my surname to people (and they still get it wrong, switching the A on the end to an IE. Why, people, why?!). It’s an unusual name, but there is another Sarah with the same surname living two towns away. She’s a couple of years younger, an awful lot drunker and rather explicit on her Bebo about what she and her boyfriend Peter get up to; I’ve wondered before whether I should note on my CV that THAT’S NOT ME, just in case my potential employers think to Google me…

  2. paddymade says:

    Honestly people, privacy settings are a wonderful thing, use them!

    I still come up top in the searches but it’s AudioBoos of my departure from newsreading, so I don’t mind anybody seeing (well, hearing) that.

    Some of the spelling variations I have seen are just wonderful. My N.I accent means people sometimes hear the ‘t’ as ‘d’, so Peddis is a common one. I’m down to phonetic spelling now – papa, echo, tango, tango, india, sierra. Folk still get it wrong!

    • I come up top in mine, too, but it’s all work-related so nothing to be concerned about!

      At least “Emma” is hard to get wrong. I’m constantly amazed by how many people don’t put the H on the end of Sarah – even when they’re replying to emails with my name all over them. Gaaaaah!

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