what's in a name

.1810 .1814 .1816 Since I started this blog in 2008, it has had 266,222 unique visitors (crazy!). I recently looked through some statistics and found out that my last name is harder to spell/understand than I thought. I found no less than 35 different spellings that have led people from Google to my blog (in combination with the words 'hilda', 'blog', 'photography' etc). The most common (and most understandable) were Granat and Granath, which is how everyone else spells the name. Granat means both grenade and garnet and is pronounced grah-nawt. The 'h' in ours makes absolutely no sense. In fact, it was my grandfather who thought it would be "cool" to add an 'h' in the middle of his last name - and simply started doing it, without ever changing it officially. This means my family (including my father's brothers and their families) is the only one who spells it G-r-a-h-n-a-t. We had the 'h' officially added just four years ago, and every time I tell someone my name I always have to spell it out. But I don't mind, I am proud to be the only person in the world with my name and spelling.

Some of the more incomprehensible versions plenty of people have googled to find my blog were Graahnt, Grhnat, Hrahnat, Grahnart and Granhant. And the ever so appreciated Granhat. Gran = fir tree, hat = hatred, so "hatred of fir trees". Other search terms that have led people here include "celine dion cups", "diet food", "dark sad" (90 people!) and "a banana". Hmm, I hope they weren't disappointed...

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Sedan jag startade den här bloggen 2008 har 266222 personer hittat hit, galet! Jag tittade nyligen igenom lite statistik och upptäckte att mitt efternamn tydligen är svårare att stava/förstå än jag trott. Inte mindre än 35 olika stavningar har folk googlat på (i kombination med orden 'hilda', 'blog', 'photography' m.m.) och hamnat här. De vanligaste är förståeligt nog Granat och Granath. H-et i vår variant är helt ologiskt och kommer sig bara av att min farfar tyckte att det såg fränt ut ("alltid retar det någon") och helt enkelt började stava det så, utan att ändra det officiellt. Så min släkt (inklusive min pappas bröder med familjer) är de enda som stavar det G-r-a-h-n-a-t. Vi ändrade det officiellt för bara fyra år sedan, och varje gång jag uppger mitt namn för någon måste jag stava det. Av någon anledning är det INGEN som förstår när man säger att det stavas med 'h' i mitten. Men det gör inte så mycket, jag trivs med att vara ensam om mitt namn och stavning.

Några av de mer knasiga stavningar som en hel del människor har googlat på är Graahnt, Grhnat, Hrahnat, Grahnart och Granhant. Och så det alltid lika uppskattade Granhat. Annat som folk har sökt på och lyckats hamna här är "celine dion cups", "dietmat", "dark sad" (90 personer!) och "en banan". Hoppas de inte blev alltför besvikna...


  1. "celine dion cups"
    can't stop laughing xD
    so hilarious!!

    it's quite a drag to have to spell our surname... and mine (Pichel) it's not that difficult but everyone gets it wrong somehow...

  2. Haha, jag visste inte att det gick att komma på så många stavningsvarianter - kul!

  3. oh, that is so strange + funny! (i can't believe that "dark sad" would lead people here, though - your blog is anything but!) :)

    i, for one, love words, spelling, and grammar, but having dyslexia and dysgraphia, i've had to train myself to memorize what a name looks like, when it's written or typed, and then used that to call up the proper spelling. thankfully, your last name is only 7 letters long...once things get over 10, i'm in trouble, haha. anyway, i agree with your granddad - the 'h' addition is pretty cool!

  4. Ha! I am proud to be number 266222. But I´m not a unique, but a constant visitor! I´ll try the Celine Dion cup googling! Btw. Granat without your Grandpa´s H is the German word for little shrimps. Hope, this unnecessary information will improve your next party small talk!

  5. google searches are sometime very wtf,ahaha

  6. HA!!!!!!! This is my favorite post of yours. Hater of fir trees. I guess it's possible. Celine Dion cups...now you've sparked my interest!


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