So just how did I get my name?

By Siouxsie Wiles 04/02/2013

“Where the fuck did the author of those Sciblogs posts get her absurd name?”

So writes ‘Alf Grumble’ on his blog today. Normally if people know how to pronounce my name, it tells me a little something of their misspent youth. Alf is obviously a model citizen. Because I am named after 70’s punk icon Siouxsie Sioux*. Which gives me the opportunity to play one of my favourite Siouxsie and the Banshees songs, Spellbound.

Siouxsie is pronounced just like Susie but I do get all sorts. Like when University of Otago’s Prof Kurt Krause called me Sushi when we were interviewed live on TV One’s former current affairs programme Close Up. It was hard not to giggle. A close friend used to pronounce it S-eye-ook-see. But that was just to wind me up.

But today is the first time I’m aware of that someone has taken to their blog to be rude about my name**.

Chief Sitting Bull circa 1885. Image from Wikipedia

I guess I should be flattered that Alf took the time to write so eloquently. He even went to the trouble of finding a video on You Tube explaining how to pronounce Sioux. I’m guessing that as well as not being a punk fan, he also hasn’t heard of one of the groups of people who originally inhabited North America. In which case, I think Alf’s post says far more about him than me.

*I wasn’t always. But over 20 years ago, I had a crush on someone who adored Siouxsie. He started spelling it that way and it stuck. I still carry a torch for him.

**I do wonder if he would have written the post had I not been white?

0 Responses to “So just how did I get my name?”

  • Maybe Alf should but his energy in 1. Wikipediaing Sioux people or 2. Youtubing Siouxsie and the Banshees. He will burn fewer calories than he would banging out his frustrations on a keyboard AND he will learn something, perhaos an area he should be focusing on anyway.

  • “took the time to write so eloquently”?

    Have to disagree with you there.
    A petty rambling blog, the only content of which is to whine about your name, written by someone who pretends to be an MP.

    Not my definition of eloquence. Nor constructive, and not honest.

  • If an S and an I and an O and a U
    With an X at the end spell Su;
    And an E and a Y and an E spell I,
    Pray what is a speller to do?

    Then, if also an S and an I and a G
    And an HED spell side,
    There’s nothing much left for a speller to do
    But to go and commit siouxeyesighed.

    Charles Follen Adams (maybe)

  • I think its a cool name – but then I like Siouxsie and the Banshees.

  • As a concession to misspent youth, I also note my familiarity with punk rock movement of late 70s meant I was also in no doubt as to how to pronounce your name.

    Let’s make a pact however, not to explore just how misspent our early years really were 🙂

  • Oh well…

    Just ignore him. Being rude about someone’s name is about the worst ad hominem you can commit (right after mocking a non native speaker’s English maybe). My name is easy to say, but people are often mislead by the spelling. That said I had (so far – knock on wood) nobody mocking it. I really envy my friend Ben though, he seems to have the universally most pronounceable name ever. I’m currently visiting China and just like many Chinese in NZ I use an adopted name here, because the original is virtually impossible to say for the average Chinese.

    In short: Language is fun – don’t worry about those who don’t get it.