About breida with a b.

breida with a b.

When I was a little girl I wanted to be called Sue.  I did not want to be different than everyone else.  I did not want this funny name.  Breida (it rhymes with cheetah – if cheetah were to have a “d” in it. . .).  If you met me when I was 4 you would inevitably say, “Oh, hi there honey, what’s your name?”  And I would say, “Breida”.  And you would say “Rita?”  And I would say, “No.  Breida.  With a B.”    This process did not stop when I was 4 or 14.  I am now approaching 40 and, though I try very hard to ennunciate when I introduce myself, the process is still on going.

And so – here I am.  Breida with a B.  Thank God my name isn’t Sue.  Would you be reading my blog if my name were Sue?

I grew up and decided to give my children silly Irish names that no one has ever heard of.  We are in this together.  They’ll appreciate it when they’re older. . .

I am lucky enough to have spent the last 10 years at home with these two amazing people with the silly Irish names and with my husband (Mr. Social Media).  He is an expert (really and truly) on all things related to computers, software, social media. . .  I cannot say the same thing about myself.    I am however resolved to learn – about how to make this blog work and quite a few other things.

I’ve recently begun selling the painted furniture pieces that I work on.  You can see everything I have available in my Etsy Store.


  1. Gillian
    Mar 14, 2012 @ 20:54:58

    Hi Breida! I’m enjoying your blog. I have the same problem with my name. People say, “Jill Ann?” or “Joann?” I’ve tried introducing myself just as “Jill,” but it doesn’t feel right.


    • Breida
      Mar 14, 2012 @ 21:59:55

      Hey, Gillian! Thanks for reading and commenting! I know you also have the additional difficulty (like I do) with people reading your name (as opposed to hearing it). When people read my name they always call me BreNda. . . and I’ll bet they call you Gilligan!!


    • sabre
      Dec 27, 2012 @ 16:38:28

      My mother told me she almost named me Elizabeth. As a child I so wished she had. Today my name which looks simple enough to pronounce to me (the e is soft like uhh and the a is long) is pronounced saber, sabreeee and for some reason over the phone people hear april. Oh well, we play the cards we’re dealt. I love my name.


      • Breida
        Dec 30, 2012 @ 12:09:24

        O love your name, too! Beautiful!
        Happy New Year!


  2. JoAnna
    May 20, 2012 @ 09:59:16

    Hi Breida
    I feel your pain. When I was little everyone tried to call me JoAn or JoHanna. I don’t know why JoAnna was so difficult – but I always thought JoAn sounded like an old lady!
    Enjoying your blog!


    • Breida
      May 20, 2012 @ 10:17:25

      Sisters! People with weird names, UNITE!


      • Breida
        May 20, 2012 @ 10:18:01

        but your name really isn’t weird. . . people are just dense! (sometimes).


  3. tricia
    May 25, 2012 @ 22:52:42

    I remember being mad as a kid that I had a long name “Patricia” and my sister got the short name “Linda” with less letters to have to write….not to mention that her name meant beautiful in Spanish. Mine just meant “Patricia”. I’m 44 years old now and over it, lol!


  4. Louanne
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 12:42:13

    Hi Brieda! I loved your “about.” And I feel your pain! I hated, really hated, my name growing up, especially coupled with my 10-letter long Basque maiden name. Not just that, but the parents never called me by my first name – they called me Annie. Why, oh why, didn’t they just name me Annie?? I digress. As an adult, with a much-easier to say married name, I’m comfortable with it. Enjoying your posts!


    • Breida
      Jun 03, 2012 @ 22:03:56

      I’m so glad to know that you’re enjoying my posts, Louanne. The way things stand now, I still have to spell every. single. part. of my name and address when I’m talking to someone on the phone. . . what a pain!
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I read every single one and try to respond to them too.
      Have a great week!


  5. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 20:31:05

    Hi Breida! I’m visiting from the Haven link-up. Your link is right after mine. We were on a waiting list to attend. Just found out a few days ago that we’re going. Looking forward to meeting you. And, by the way, I always wanted some exotic name other than Jane. Drives me crazy every time I hear the expression “Plain Jane!”


    • Breida
      Jun 03, 2012 @ 22:05:13

      I’ll look forward to meeting you – you are a “we”? Are you coming with a friend? I’ll be on my own – a little nervous but mostly EXCITED!
      can’t wait!


  6. Kathryn Cain
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 23:35:41

    1.love your name it is unique and fun,and kinda mysteryyyy…me Kathryn now only imaging how many Kathy,or is that with a C cathy…no Kathryn.,…or Katherine…no Kathryn…or Katharine..like Katharine Hephurne…no love her but Kathryn….o well…and the nickname are endless…so a name that is unique and not everyone elses…and can be spelled a million ways…and have a million nicknames…I love yours

    now the stuff you make …..coool….new on the block way ahead of me…did that computer genious help,,,if not your one smart cookie….me still learning ….but if it was retail and your need help dressing do your makeup get ready for an interview…or how to handle 175 employeess a no brainer..but learn all the stuff to make a successful blog…still learning….check me out..and love yours


  7. lesli
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 20:31:37

    hey Breida! I am here at Haven, and would love to see you in person while I am here, if you see me, introduce yourself!

    see you soon I hope!



    • Breida
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 22:54:13

      Hey! I hope i DO see you! I just love those paintings!


  8. Blog Love
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 10:38:17

    […] great friend.  She ordered a camera strap cover from me.  You can see it here.  Be sure to read Breida’s ‘about me’ page – it explains why she named her blog ‘breida with a b’.  And check out this post […]


  9. Danita
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 15:53:48

    I can so relate – I had to change schools in the middle of first grade and was dreading the whole name intro and spelling/pronunciation – so I decided to tell everyone my name was Jennifer, so much better than Danita. Needless to say it didn’t last long as my mom and teacher were “in the know”.
    As far as my kids, I thought I gave them very easy to spell and say names, and wouldn’t you know – very few people can.


  10. Marci
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 18:30:00

    I have the same issue. My legal name is Marcia (Mar-SEE-uh). I have spent my life saying “It’s Marcia, not Marsha. You can call me Marci. With an “i”. Nope, no “y” in this name.”


  11. Amy
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 08:33:34

    My name is Amy and although people get that pronunciation on the first try, they still try to shorten it to “Aim”. Like the toothpaste. 😉 Or they spell it wrong because people have a hard time with the simplicity of it. When I was little, it seemed like everyone had a name that was short for something else. So my Uncle decided to play along and told me my name was “Amy, short for Amelia”. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story! I found you via Laura at The Ironstone Nest.


    • Breida
      Jul 22, 2012 @ 09:16:31

      Hi Amy! Some people who couldn’t grapple with my name called me Bree. Drove. Me. Nuts.
      And I do know someone named Amelia who is called Amy. . . Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you were here!


  12. Guerrina
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 21:54:19

    Still laughing! My name is Italian and pronounced gur-ree’-nuh ( or if by an Italian, gwe-ree’-na)….I think the r’s are supposed to be rolled, but the English/Scottish side of me never mastered that! I so understand about not being happy with one’s first name…not happy for a loooooong time, but eventually grew to “embrace” its uniqueness. Now I tell people it rhymes with “Purina as in the cat food” except for the few who I let muddle through it 🙂 Your little ones, too, will enjoy their names…..someday!


  13. Sue
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 08:03:30

    My name is Sue, I guess that’s why nobody reads my blog…haha
    My real name is Karen Sue, why did they call me Sue and not Karen?? They are all gone and I forgot to ask. Oh, my last name is Farash not Parrish…


    • Breida
      Aug 19, 2012 @ 11:09:29

      oh, names are DIFFICULT! I wonder why they didn’t call you karen?? Thanks, for reading and stopping long enough to leave me a note! I’LL go read you blog!


  14. Vicky
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 22:37:15

    Breida, I’ve spent my entire life having to say, “Its Vicky with a Y”. One of my teachers in third grade even called me Vicky-with-a-Y because I kept having to remind him so much how to spell my name. I know there are thousands of Vicky’s out there but everyone I run across only wants to spell it Vicki. That’s just weird. Everyone should know its Vicky with a Y! 😉


    • Breida
      Aug 23, 2012 @ 00:34:33

      See?? At least I know I’m not the only one! Nice to meet you Vicky with a Y!


  15. carlanda williamson
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 00:38:10

    i know the feeling you had as a child! my name is a combination of my dad (carl) and mom (wanda), remove the w and waahla! carlanda. hated it as a kid growing up in a very small town. now, of course i embrace it and love it! great blog!


  16. Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 01:20:49

    I have been reading and following your blog for awhile now, but this is the first time I have read your complete “about me”–and I want to tell you my “funny name story”. Once upon a time, my last name was Liley pronounced Lie-lee. If people heard it, they always misunderstood it as Riley. If they saw it written, everybody said Lily. Once, I was in a waiting room, and the receptionist was slaughtering every name, she would come out, call a name, and a person would stand and correct her. I was reading a book, only half listening, as there were a lot of people ahead of me. Knowing she would mispronounce my name, I kept reminding myself to listen for her to come out and call “Lily”. Finally, she stepped out and said “Lie-lee”–whereupon, I promptly stood and “corrected” her–“it’s Lily”! I don’t think I have ever been more embarrassed in my life, although nobody else knew the difference–for the rest of that meeting I was Ms. Lily!!!! So as long as YOU get your name right, don’t worry about it, lol.
    I hope you are feeling better, and that the nasty bug goes away so you can finish making Christmas magic.


    • Breida
      Dec 13, 2012 @ 14:44:40

      You’re right – that IS funny!!
      And, by the way, my daughter’s name is Riley – and before she was born, her 2.5 yr old big brother called her Lie – lee!!
      Thanks for sharing your story with me – just got back from the doctor’s office – I should be on the mend soon, now.


  17. Jan
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 14:22:28

    You have a lovely name, despite peoples mispronunciations.
    I have always had difficulty with my simple name of Jan. People would say “Ann” or “Pam”. :-/
    My proper name is Janet and I never liked that name, so I shortened it. Even as Janet as a little girl, people would call me Janice….Now where is a C in Janet?

    Love reading your blog.


    • Breida
      Feb 06, 2013 @ 12:09:15

      Hi there, Jan! Nice to meet you!
      Thanks for stopping by.
      There is definitely no C in Janet – OR Jan!


  18. Sue
    May 22, 2013 @ 05:21:24

    THAT´S why I don´t have a blog ! I´m known to my friend as Sue though I´m Susie and prefer Sue to Susie anyway. And I have yet only met a single person who actually spelled it correctly the first time! If that´s not odd enough, I now live in Europe so the name Susie gets alot of eyebrow raises and “huh” and ” oh you mean your Susana ou Suzana ” and I have to go through the whole story … and I even get Sylvie and Sersie. I´ve even gotten to the point of not correting people just not to go through the hassle of the story telling. I too “punished my boys ” with names that will make for funny stories one day ! Love your blog Breida!


  19. Darcy
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 12:57:38

    Hi, Breida! Just found your website while looking for ways to trellis my morning glories. My name is Darcy with a “y”, not Marcy or Stacy or Darci. I am an artist (art teacher), not employed at the moment. I was worried naming my daughter “Lucretia”, but everyone seems to love it. I enjoyed your writing style and will use your trellis idea. Very simple. Why didn’t I think of it? I was trying to use some old fencing I had left over from when I had chickens, but couldn’t figure out how to weed through it. My flowers are in the ground, not in pots. What are your other interests besides gardening. You mentioned “the creative process.” Are you a writer? I enjoy writing myself and have started a couple of books. Notice I said “started”, not “finished.” Well, I must get out there while the weather is good. I live in the desert and don’t have many good weather days. Happy blogging!


  20. Carlene@Organized Clutter
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 08:32:36

    I could have named my blog Carlene without the “H” because people have been calling me Charlene my whole life.


  21. Jamie
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 14:01:22

    Hi Breida,
    I just discovered your blog and this older posting about your name. I feel for the years that you had to defend your name, just like I had to. Id be asked my name and nine times out of ten Id be called Janie when my name was Jamie, or called Amy. But the best one was being accused of having a boys name since no one when I was growing up had the name Jamie. To add to my wows at the beginning of each school year Id be put into a boys gym class because they assumed I was a male with a name like mine. Even my SATs and my ACTs where graded along with the male population. Whats a girl to do!? Now I defend the spelling of my name….JAMIE….not JAIME….or JAYME. Its the Scotch nickname for James. By the way, I agree with our names being different it does give one a certain personality and wouldnt trade it for the world. Thanks for speaking out for the unual …Cheers!


    • Breida
      Nov 28, 2014 @ 00:34:47

      Nice to meet you, Jamie! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to tell me YOUR name story!


  22. Bethanie
    May 29, 2015 @ 10:12:46

    Hi Breida,
    A zillion times a day, I answer the phone at work, “Johnson High School, this is Bethanie…” and 99% of the time they say, “hi Stephanie….” Grr… I think I roll my eyes every time.
    My girls are Maitlan and McKenna, we get all sorts of weird combinations on those. Love having a unique name!


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