My name is not very common. Jay Dee Archer. Well, there is an American who’s been in trouble with the law, but I think his name is hyphenated. But aside from him, I don’t think you’ll find anyone with the same name as me.
It seems everyone gets my name wrong when they first meet me. In elementary school, I always had to correct the teacher. It’s not Jay, it’s Jay Dee. This continued all through junior high school and high school.
Then I come to Japan. I’ve been called Dee Jay, Joy, Jamie, Joy Dee, you name it. Many thought Dee was my last name. As a foreigner in Japan, it’s also not easy to convey the pronunciation of my name to others. Typed out in Japanese, it’s アーチャー ジェイディー, or Archer Jay Dee. But today, I went to get my annual health checkup done, and they had my name as アーチャー ジェイビー, or Archer Jay Bee. They kept calling me Jay Bee.
But I guess my name is unique enough to attract some attention. Think it’s good for an author’s name? Or do I need a pen name?
Does anyone get your name wrong?