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Old 01.09.2011, 11:02
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My husband's first name finish with A, in spanish it is feminine names who finish with A. So he gets a lot of Mrs. If you know a bit of history, you know that name is masculine.
Usually in Italy as well, BUT there are some masculine names that end in "a" in Italy, which are feminine names in other countries! (Andrea, Luca, Nicola, for example)

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Old 01.09.2011, 13:16
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for what little it's worth... Mrs G was in this country long before she was Mrs. G and so the bills, the phone, etc were for the longest time in her maiden name.

As result I would get phone calls from various companies asking to speak to Mr. W ...
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"sorry there is no mr. W that is my wife maiden name I'm mr. G"

"ok, will phone back when we can speak to mr.W"

I gave up and now I answer to most anything I'm called.
Hahaha....just imagine you pick up the phone, and they, every single time say, "can I speak to your dad?"...I gave up, too.

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My girlfriend's great-grandfather was a Polish immigrant to CH, so her surname ends in "ski", but she often spells it "sky" (on her driver's license, for example), but as I recall on her grandmother's headstone it's "ska", but neither she, her sister, or her mother have aver used the "ska" ending!

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That reminds me our band's apres-practice brewski sessions. Or, brewsky?
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Old 02.09.2011, 00:02
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You are Cervelas Gertrude and I claim my five pounds
hahaha, nope you have two more tries!
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hahaha, nope you have two more tries!
I know! I know!

It's Mayonnaise Boris!
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It's Mayonnaise Boris!
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Old 02.09.2011, 00:43
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As a Polish couple with our surname ending in –ski (masculine), -ska (feminine), we have had our share of fun with a Swiss estate agency, a Swiss health insurance, the Swiss electricity provider and a Swiss bank.
Let’s assume my name is Sagitta ……………….ska, and my husband’s name is Sag ……………….ski.
In all of the above companies they registered me as Sagitta ……………….ski although I provided them with the correct version of my surname. What’s important, it is the feminine form which stands in my passport. So I wrote a polite letter to the above companies (in German, proofread by a native speaker) and explained a tiny bit about the rules of Polish grammar.
None of the companies corrected my surname. It took another letter and a phone call to get things done properly.
I thought we were out of the woods until a payment slip from the agency came this morning. There it stood: Sagitta ……………….ska and Sag……………….ska!!
Do I demand too much? Should I admit defeat?
It could be worse, had you married a Hungarian. Apparently, I'll be called my fiancee family name plus given name with the -né suffix, wich approximately means "wife of..". Imagine, in English is like "Ms. Peter Jones' wife"..
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Re: feminine and masculine surnames

They do seem to have difficulty in Switzerland and France understanding that most American women give up their maiden name and are legally known by their married surname.

We just bought a house in France and, even though I explained my what-I-used-to-think-was-completely-normal-Anglo-Saxon-name and place of birth to the notaire IN FRENCH, the paperwork all came back with a) my first and middle names squished together as my first name, b)my maiden name as my last name and, c)my place of birth as Boise, USA.

Obviously, a)my french must suck and, b)I probably don't legally own the house.
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Re: feminine and masculine surnames

Most French and Swiss use/change to husband's surname too, I would have said.
My problem is explaining that I don't.
Other problem is having two (separate) "first" names.
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Old 02.09.2011, 02:15
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but is so easy to differentiate

Ski: a Winter Sport
Ska: a Musical genre.

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Old 02.09.2011, 03:03
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They insisted that I include my husband's name. I insisted in keeping my own name, so now I have an awkward double-barreled name. He was allowed to keep his own last name. Any offspring have his last name, but he was told that Swiss children could not have non-Swiss names and needed my permission to have an unofficial name.
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Old 02.09.2011, 08:54
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Other problem is having two (separate) "first" names.
Why is that a problem?

It's the normal case here.

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