This all about ME today and I’m Swedish and of course Daily prompt name
This post I used under the A-Z challenge 2012 – but it’s so suitable for this challenge, so I take the decision to use it again. Hope I don’t break too many rules.
W stood for V
We are 2 800 that is called Viveca, Viveka or Wiveca – and 5.100 that carry the name. Viveka has a German origin from Viveke – and comes from the word “wib” = woman. It came to Sweden in the 1700th century.
There is 33172 in Sweden with the surname Gustavsson – 19th most common surname in Sweden and there is 91122 with the spelling Gustafsson, rang 11th
My mum gave me the most beautiful names; Thea Maria Viveka.
Thea after her sister/my aunt that she didn’t even like and couldn’t stand.
Maria after her mother/my grandma
Viveka after the famous Swedish actress/movie star: Viveka Lindfors
For so long as I have been able to write my name – I have written it: Wiveca
In same length of eternity has I spelled my surnamen: Gustafsson = Wiveca Gustafsson.
On my 5th passport just now – and when we apply for a new passport we need a paper from the population register = tax man. In good old days did we go to our congregation and ask the priest for the paper. Had this paper in my hand about 7 times – needed for my seaman book too. Never ever looked it. In Sweden passports are issued by the Police authorities – today they take you photo and fingerprint in a very fancy machine – and 4 days later you have the new passport, a brilliant service. The whole application only take 10 min and cost us 400SEK/$60/£37/€45 and our passports last for 5 year now.
In Sweden the immigration officers/border control/customs is the police force too.
Now back to the name business.
Every time I filled in my application for new passport or seaman book – I have always written my name as Wiveca Gustafsson – they have always been approved – I have booked flights and hotel rooms for years in the same name. My credit cards – my bank accounts are in the same name. Not a problem.
Then 11/9/01 happen – and in 2002 I was going to New Orleans, made it to Gatwick from Belfast …. as Wiveca Gustafsson.
Checking in with Continental Airlines – Madame you’re not booked under the right name. What ??????!!! Your name on your ticket isn’t spelled as in your passport: Viveka Gustavson.
Suddenly I wasn’t me anymore. Shocked, never looked in my passport or any paper how my name was spelled. They where absolutely correct and there I was standing – they where not going to let my on the flight. They sent me over to their Customer Service desk and the gentlemen over there, didn’t really know what to do – so bigger power was called in, now I had stop sweating by then and accepted that I wouldn’t get on the flight.
The Gatwick manager, also a very nice man came – he looked at my ticket .. he looked at my passport. After a bit talking and thinking, he said – I can see that your name is spelled wrong and I understand that it’s pronounced the same way. He asked if I had anything else with the “wrong spelling” – so I showed my AMEX and bankcards. Even my ID card for work had the wrong spelling. In other spelling I had been with the company for 35 years total under the wrong name. Brilliant.
40 min before departure they checked me in and I was escorted to the gate by the “power man” himself.
– Miss Gustavson with a “v”, make sure that you book your flights in the same spelling as in your passport. I wish you a pleasant flight and holiday.
So from that day, 13.09.2002 – sudden my beautiful “W” and “c” – my prestigious “f” and one off the “s” where gone. Strangely enough returning to UK – with check in both in New Orleans and New York – nobody raised the issue – no immigration/border control picked it up either.
So that was the day when – W don’t stands for V anymore.
Man: “I’d like to call you. What’s your number?”
Woman: “It’s in the phone book.”
Man: “But I don’t know your name.”
Woman: “That’s in the phone book too.”
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