“Tania Lu Müller-Kaul” is on my birth certificate. I go by “Lu” since all the other names are too complicated and nobody knows how to pronounce them. “Tanja” was one of the most popular German names in my generation, so I’ve never liked it much. Good that my parents chose the shortest middle name they could find!
Pronunciation hint for Americans: try something like “Lou Miller Cowl”, that’ll be closer than the “Miller-Cool” I recently heard.
My names are also frequently misspelled.
“Mueller-Kaul” is the correct way to get around the Umlaut problem, but often I see “Muller-Kaul”. I’m not blaming people who didn’t know grow up with strange European characters… of course they think “ü” is just a weird-looking “u”.
“Lu Müller-Kaul” is on my business cards. I’m wondering whether I should have the newest ones printed as “Lu Mueller-Kaul” instead, since that is how I can be found online.
What do you think? Do you have problems with your name(s)? How do you get found on social media? Please leave a comment!