Hi Lachlan, such a great question! You bring up a good point that I should explain better… when I hear a name, I already, for the most part, know how to spell it. So it’s not actually the sound of the name, and it doesn’t usually pose a problem if the name doesn’t sound like how it’s spelled. For example, I know the name Siobhan sounds like “shivon”, but my brain still sees it as Siobhan. If I really don’t recognize a name, I will often ask them to spell it for me, which solves it as well. But i do get asked if there’s a difference between a Cathy or a Kathie. And there’s not! They look remarkably alike:
I hope this answers your question. Thanks for commenting!