The other day, my son Seamus asked how involved the process would be to legally change the spelling of his name. He said he was finally sick and tired of hearing people pronounce it incorrectly. It’s not the first time he’s expressed this frustration, but he’s never said he wanted to change the spelling.
"As if anyone would be stupid enough to name their kid SEE-mus. That's not even a name!"
I told him it probably wouldn’t be that involved and was about to explain, once again, why we chose that particular Irish variant of the Gaelic name - even though my ancestors were Scottish - when he interrupted: