Is it Zach or Zack?
So My name is Marc. My parents chose the less common way to spell a very common name. This has lead to everyone spelling my name “Mark” and me having to correct them for the last 32 years. As the saying goes, if I had a nickel for every time I had to tell someone it was a “c” not a “k” then I would be able to solve our nation’s debt crisis myself. The best part is any time I need to give my full name for something “Marc Kaplan” someone will always ask “is that a C or a K?” If I say “C” then they spell my name “Marc Caplan” and if I say “K” they spell my name “Mark Kaplan”. The best one of all is now my Dad will send me text messages that start off, “Dear Mark”. First off how does my own Dad spell my name wrong and second, why does my Dad start text messages like they are formal letters?
So this brings us to naming my son. I obviously have some issues with the spelling my parents chose. When we named little Zachary my requirement is that we go with the most common spelling. And, having done that I doubt my son will face as much confusion about the spelling of his full name. But, how do you spell his nickname and what everyone will call him. I am not the only one with this dilemma. I thought the obvious spelling was Zack, like Zack Morris. My wife says it should be Zach which is the shortened version of the actual spelling. CH vs. CK…I just don’t want him to have to correct everyone for the rest of his life. Since we told everyone the full name most everyone has been writing the nickname as Zach. I had felt strongly about “Zack” but I guess popular opinion wins this battle.
Btw, best question I got about his middle name, Harrison: “Was he named after Indiana Jones or the Beattle?”