Starbucks names

Anyone who has a name that’s the slightest bit out of the ordinary has probably experienced this: You’re talking to the person behind the counter of a Starbucks, and he or she asks your name to put on your cup of coffee. You pause, preparing yourself to enunciate. every syllable of your moniker as clearly as possible. Maybe this time they’ll get it right.

Or not.

My siblings have both relinquished all hope of ever seeing their names spelled right. My brother simply gives a different name to write down. My own name, Heidi, is not particularly unusual, nor very hard to spell, so when I went to my first Starbucks a few years ago, I wasn’t expecting it to be a thing.  I quickly learned, though, that there are countless ways in which to mishear and misspell Heidi. Fortunately I always look forward to seeing what the barista comes up with next. I’m actually a little disappointed when they get it right. Where’s the fun in that?

So far, I’ve been dubbed Hidy, Hiedi, Hany, Hayde… The less outrageously wrong Heidie and Heidy have also appeared from time to time. But my favorite by far has to be Hiny, courtesy of a barista in Manchester. My friend and I had a good chuckle at that one!

What weird things have you been called by hapless baristas?

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6 thoughts on “Starbucks names

  1. bethaman80 says:

    I have yet to see someone misspell my name (“Beth”). I also have yet to give them a fictional name, such as Lord Voldemort or Sauron. Actually, the one I really want to try is “Primrose Everdeen,” so when they call the name out, I can yell “I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!”

  2. Heidi says:

    Hahaha, do it!

  3. Rhodes says:

    You don’t need an unusual name to have it butchered by baristas. Though names like “Beth” don’t give much of an opportunity for alternate spellings.

    My real name is Christine. It’s been spelled “Kristeen” (I think, the handwriting was terrible). But the occasions where baristas actually ask for your name are slimmer here. Maybe it’d be different if I lived in a busier, more urban area?

  4. Heidi says:

    Yes, I think it’s more common in bigger cities. They never ask for me name where I live (though I actually don’t go to Starbucks often when I’m at home), but they usually do when I’m in one of of the larger cities in the UK or US.

  5. No one ever spells my name properly–or even close to properly–just by the sound. I usually give them my last name rather than my first so they don’t get confused, haha. My husband (whose first name is a simple “Jordan”), gives them ridiculous names like “Andronicus” and “JimBob Tyrannosaurus.” I guess he wants to join in on the fun of having a unique name too!

  6. Heidi says:

    I think I’d like your husband.=)

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