Skip to Content

What To Do When Someone Calls You The Wrong Name

Manners make for good company, and we should always be mindful of how our words may affect others.

In this article you will learn:

  • How to politely correct someone
  • When to let it go
  • Be aware of your tone
Three woman chatting

What to do When Someone Calls you the wrong name

Most people have made the mistake at some point in their lives of calling someone another name or forgetting it all together – but no need to dwell on these errors. What to do when someone calls you the wrong name?

What’s the best way to handle it? How can you recover gracefully and make sure the faux pas doesn’t leave a lasting impression? I’ve got some advice on how to deal with being called the wrong name, so read on and find out what to do the next time someone gets your name wrong.

Correcting a Shorter Nickname

With my name being Jennifer, I was very familiar with the shortened names. My teachers or other adults would call me “Jen” or “Jenny” and my mother was adamant about correcting them. She disliked the shorter nicknames but adored Jennifer.

That somewhat stuck with me.

Now that I’m older, I don’t mind other Jennifer nicknames. However, a good rule of thumb is what they say is what they prefer to be called. If someone introduces themselves to you, try to remember that exact name. No nicknames. No shortening.

But what if you’re the one getting called the shortened name?

Correct them as soon as possible. The faster the better. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, but a quick response is best.

“Hey Jenny”

“Hello there! It’s Jennifer. How are you doing?”

Sandwich the correction among two nice parts.

If it persists, then being a little more forward “I like to be called Jennifer”

Remember to always smile, have a light-hearted attitude, and be polite.

Same Name – Different Person?

What if they actually got your name correct, but they were talking to the person behind you?

This is very embarrassing because for the women that have a common name (such as myself) when it’s called you might want to respond regardless of whether you know the person. It can become awkward, so how does an elegant woman deal with this situation?

If you are in a situation where someone called your name but was talking to someone else, the best course of action is to politely excuse yourself and allow the conversation to continue.

If the person who called your name is a close friend or family member, you may want to briefly explain that you thought they were talking to you and apologize for interrupting.

In most cases, however, it is best to simply step away and allow the other person to finish their conversation.

Responding to this situation can be awkward, but by remaining calm and polite, you can help diffuse the tension and avoid making the situation any more uncomfortable. then it needs to be.

The Situation is Important

It also depends on where you are, what you’re doing, and who the person is.

If you will see them again, or there is a chance that your social circles will meet again, it’s important to correct them.

However, if it is someone that you’ll never see or it’s a very fast passing then it’s okay to let it go.

An example is if a Starbucks employee writes down the wrong name or calls you the wrong name, it’s not that big of a deal. No need to correct it because your name in this situation isn’t really the important one. Just make sure that they are actually talking to you!

If it is a friend that you will most likely run into again, it’s a good idea to correct sooner rather than later.

Use your best judgment. When it’s not a big deal, save someone the embarrassment and let it go.

The Person Introducing You Forgot Your Name

This happens to everyone. It’s not because they might have forgotten your name, but a momentary lapse of judgment.

In social situations, it is always considered polite to introduce someone by their name, and in business settings – by their title. However, there may be times when the person doing the introduction forgets your name. If this happens, try not to let it bother you.

Chances are, the person simply got caught up in the moment and lost track of your name. Instead of getting upset, take the opportunity to introduce yourself. Extend your hand and say something like, “I’m sorry, we haven’t met. I’m [Your Name].”

The other person will likely be relieved that you were willing to remind them of your name, and they will appreciate your graciousness. In the end, a simple forgetful moment like this is no big deal. So don’t let it ruin your day or spoil your mood.

Be Understanding if Someone Has Trouble Pronouncing Your Name

This happens more than you think.

Even people with traditional names can be hard for people where your language isn’t their first language. My in-laws had trouble saying my name and I had to slightly tweak my name for them.

Do I take offense to it (or did I ever)? No.

Instead of continually correcting people or possibly making them feel a little humiliated that they are struggling, find some middle ground.

Be compassionate and understand it’s not an insult directed towards you. See what you can do to relieve their problem. Have a name that you like that is a nickname or something that is similar to your existing name and go from there.

Don’t Make a Big Deal if Someone Gets Your Name Wrong

It’s happened to all of us: you meet someone new, exchange names, and then they go and call you by the wrong name. It can be tempting to make a fuss in order to correct them, but sometimes it’s best just to let it slide.

After all, everyone makes mistakes, and unless they’re intentionally trying to be disrespectful, there’s no need to make a big deal out of it.

In fact, getting upset could just make the situation more awkward. Instead, try responding with good humor and grace. If you can laugh it off, chances are the other person will too. And who knows? They might even remember your real name the next time you meet.

The most important thing to remember is that everyone makes mistakes. So, if someone gets your name wrong, don’t sweat it. Just try to roll with the punches and remain calm and collected. By doing so, you’ll come across as confident and poised – two qualities that are sure to make a lasting impression.

How to Politely Correct Someone about Your Name

It can be frustrating when someone repeatedly mispronounces your name, or when they insist on calling you by a nickname that you don’t like. However, it’s important to remember that correcting politely is always better than correcting rudely. The next time someone gets your name wrong, try one of these tactful approaches:

– calmly say the correct pronunciation of your name

– gently ask the person to please call you by your preferred name

– explain that you don’t mind if they call you by a nickname, as long as it’s not one that you dislike

– thank the person for taking the time to learn your name

By taking a calm and gracious approach, you’ll make it clear that you’re open to hearing the correct pronunciation of your name – without making the other person feel embarrassed or chastised. And that’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

If they persist with the wrong name, and you feel that it is being done purposely, then politely remove yourself from the conversation.

Be Upfront and Honest

When it comes to correcting someone who gets your name wrong, there is often a fine line between communicating with grace and tact and coming across as rude or condescending.

As someone with many years of experience in this area, I believe that the key to navigating this tricky situation lies in being upfront and honest while also being very careful not to make the other person feel bad.

By simply informing them politely but directly that they have gotten your name wrong and offering suggestions on how they can correct it moving forward. You can maintain a positive and respectful relationship even when circumstances may seem complicated at first.

Ultimately, by approaching this situation with grace and understanding, you can ensure that any mistakes get corrected without jeopardizing your relationship with the other person.

And that is truly the most important thing.

Quick and Tidy Corrections

It can be frustrating when someone gets your name wrong, especially if they do it on a regular basis. In order to address this issue in a quick and tactful way, it is important to remember a few key principles.

First and foremost, it is essential to approach the situation calmly and professionally. Avoid any tones of anger or resentment as these will only strain the relationship and make the corrections harder to accept.

Additionally, it is essential to offer genuine praise for things that the person is doing well. This will help reassure them that you still value their input.

Finally, make sure that you are taking steps to correct your own mistakes as well! After all, nobody likes being corrected by a hypocrite! By following these simple guidelines, you can quickly correct others without hurting their feelings or damaging your relationships.

How to Handle a Serial Offender

We’ve all been there. You meet someone new exchange names, and then they spend the next several interactions calling you by the wrong name. It’s frustrating, and it can feel like a personal attack. However, before you get too upset, it’s important to remember that this is usually just an honest mistake.

With that said, here are 5 steps to take if someone gets your name wrong in your personal life.

1) Correct them politely. The first time they call you by the wrong name, simply correct them in a polite and friendly manner. There’s no need to make a big deal out of it.

2) Don’t correct them every time. If they continue to call you by the wrong name, resist the urge to correct them every time. This will only serve to make the situation a little more awkward.

3) Use their name instead. If you can’t seem to get them to use your correct name, try using their name instead. This will help to create a rapport and make them feel more comfortable with you.

4) Explain your name. Try to do it without seeming too obvious. If all else fails, you can try explaining the story behind your name. This will help them to remember because they can relate to a story.

5) Let it go. If someone just can’t seem to get your name right, try to let it go. It’s not worth getting upset over and it doesn’t necessarily reflect on you as a person. Just roll with the punches and don’t take it too personally.

While it can be frustrating when someone gets your name wrong, it is important to remember that it is usually just an honest mistake. By following the tips above, you can handle the situation in a quick, efficient, and graceful manner.

Important Tips to Remember

When correcting the most important thing to keep in mind is tone, attitude, and facial features. These three makers of communication have the ability to make you come off as elegant or bitter.

Even though they might be in the wrong, it’s irrelevant because how you treat others speaks volumes about who you are as a person. If you can remain elegant even when being snippy would be expected, you will be the difference.

How to Correct Someone Via Email

This one might be a little more difficult because with emails or any other form of written communication – the tone is missing. Without tone, the email can easily be misunderstood. It’s good practice to be as clear as possible.

-Politely explain the situation in the email

-State that you understand they might have been confused

– thank them for addressing the issue

– Gently remind them of the correct name or what they should call you from now on.

an elegant woman upset that someone keeps calling her the wrong name

In Conclusion: What to do When Someone Calls you the Wrong Name

Dealing with someone calling you by the wrong name can be embarrassing and awkward, but with a little grace and humor, it can be easily handled. If you find yourself in this situation, try one of the methods we’ve suggested to politely correct the person without making things worse. And remember – everyone makes mistakes, so don’t get upset if it happens to you. Just roll with the punches and move on.


Tuesday 7th of June 2022

I am not sure if this may help any one, but when at the grocery store and the cashier is checking out my groceries, I do my best to say their name or figure it out. I usually ask, do you pronounce your name _____ then say the name. Last time I was there, I was told I pronounced their name perfectly. The look on their face was priceless and it make me smile.

Jennifer Lynn

Thursday 9th of June 2022

That's a great tip!