Hello, folks! Please meet my new logo!
I’ve been working on this for a while now and I can finally let it loose upon the world. (Hurray!) Since starting my small business enterprise back in March I never imagined things would go so well. I hoped, yes, but the reality of all the positive responses to my little venture has been so uplifting and encouraging in ways that I couldn’t imagine. So I thought it was time to pick myself up a bit and try to become a bit more professional looking and be one of these so-called ‘adults’ I hear so much about. Wish me luck!
The design is a collection of all the things that make me happy and inspire me. As well as having lots of my favourite things like cats, books, tea and warm mittens (perfect combo right there, am I right?). I thought it was important to include elements from Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Nature and the seasons inspire my work so much that they had to be represented in the logo. I’m pretty chuffed with how it has turned out, no less because it required me to do all sorts of tricky computer-y things that I definitely couldn’t have worked out without my very kind brother. So here it is and it will be featuring on my facebook and instagram pages very soon.
Something you may have noticed though… the spelling of my name. I have decided, after much much careful thought, to change it from it’s Manx spelling (Grainney) to it’s original Irish Gaelic spelling (Gráinne). And when better than to do it now with the release of a new logo?
Why though? Well, let me explain dear readers.
My parents are both Manx speakers (the indigenous language of the Isle of Man) and my siblings and I were all fortunate enough to grow up during a time where there were renewed efforts to revive the Manx language and culture. Our parents taught us Manx as children and our names all have Celtic origin. The name ‘Gráinne’ in Ireland is quite popular and familiar. ‘Grainney’, however, is the Manx spelling and is based on the grammatical rule that the ‘ey’ sound in Manx is pronounced ‘ia’ and not ‘ee’ as it is commonly mistaken for.
The years I have endured being called ‘grain-nee’, ‘granny’, ‘grah-nee’ etc. etc. bothered me to no end as a child and sometimes made me wish I had a more easily pronounceable name. Over time though, I have come to really take pride in my name and it’s uniqueness and I completely & totally get it that to non-Manx speakers and non-Gaelic speakers (which is pretty much most of the world) this was hardly your fault. A bunch of letters thrown together that don’t follow the same language rules as English? How could you have a chance. So don’t worry, it’s okay to look at my name and think, “What on earth? Is she really called ‘grain-nee’? How odd!” That is fine to do, but only once pretty please. Once you have heard or read how I say it it would be ever so lovely and nice if you could then say it as I do (please thank you with a cherry on top).
So, to set the record straight, it is pronounced ‘Grah-nia’. My catchphrase during university was ‘Grainney like Narnia’. It just seemed much easier to offer a rhyming word than to sit and hear the inevitable reply of anything but how I had just said my name to them. And after seeing an episode of Graham Norton with Saoirse Ronan as a guest (another Irish name I might add), I was so pleased to hear that she also used the rhyming technique with her name! “Saoirse like inertia”. See? It works!
But why change the spelling of my name if the pronunciation was going to be no different in Irish as it is in Manx? Well, I was starting to notice that people were saying ‘Yarny Grah-nee’ which again, no-one’s fault, but not my name. Hopefully by removing the ‘y’ from my name and reverting to the more well known Irish spelling I might stand a better chance of having my name pronounced the way I say it. And wouldn’t that be just peachy!
So enough name-ranting. (So so sorry everyone for subjecting you to that!) But now that I’ve got that off my chest, hopefully you can see things from my perspective a little and celebrate this new era for Yarny Gráinne where I have a shiny new logo, yay!
(By the way, if you have made it all the way to the end of this blog post, I must congratulate you profusely and say well done, you are just the best).
Thank you for your kindness and understanding.
Lots of love to you all,