My name is Yolanda and I've never liked it. My middle name is Elizabeth. I've just emigrated to the USA where people pronounce my name as Yo-lond, which is unbearable.
I've been toying with the idea of ditching the Yolanda and doing a switcheroo with my middle name. Honestly, Yolanda is one of the ugliest names I've ever heard, I don't know what my Mum was thinking. Plus, people have been getting my name wrong all my life, you can even see some people glaze over as if to say 'Oh God, I can't be doing with all that'. Over the years I've been called Lolanda, Leander, Alanda, etc etc.
Oh to be free of this name and have a normal name that people can pronounce! Deed Poll here I come!
Quite right, my Mum is from Madrid. Yolanda is a fairly common name in Spain. As you probably know, the letter Y is pronounced as a J in Spain, the correct way to say Yolanda is actually Jolanda. In Holland and Eastern Europe it's Jolanta. Even worse, IMO!
Mumsnet is quite basic (not that that is necessarily a bad thing) OP so you can only add messages to the thread not to particular posts.
I actually quite like Yolanda, I used to work with a Yola (from Eastern Europe) who was lovely. I don't believe that you need a deed poll, I know plenty of people who are known by their second name, there is usually a preferred name option on things like employment applications etc.
I really don’t like Yolanda and I love Elizabeth. Why people have struggled to pronounce Yolanda though is beyond me. I would have thought it’s a very easy name to pronounce. Elizabeth is definitely a timeless classic OP.