My walk was hot, sunny, and sweaty-
When I got to Starbucks and ordered my iced grande unsweetened green tea, the barista asked my name.
me- “It’s Shaya.”
barista- “OH! like Shia Labeouf??”
me- “Yes, like Shia Labeouf.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten this interaction, and I’m almost thankful– since Shia became a household name, people have a much easier time remembering how to pronounce mine. Growing up, ‘Shaya’ was always read by substitute teachers as “Shey-ya”, or “Shyla”, or “Shayna”, or “Sheyla”. (where did the extra consonants come from?!?!).
Anyway, if any of you were wondering, the pronunciation of my name IS like the actor Shia– (Shy-uh).
Have a great afternoon!!
Question for you:
How do people read your name? Does it get mispronounced often?