Zrajm is my name. There is nothing particularly odd about
In fact, since there is nothing else that the name could be confused with, I write it like any other noun in all lower case. (Though capitalized at the beginning of sentences, otherwise it’d look weird, wouldn’t it?)
Pronunciation: [sɹaɪːm] or [ɕɹaɪːm] (using IPA). You can also think of it as “slime,” but with an R instead of an L. (Sometimes people comment on the similarity to the Jewish toast l’chaim.)
History: It started off as an Internet nick back in 1998,
Status: Today almost everybody knows me by the
name zrajm, and most people do not recognize me by any other
name. It is the name I have been introducing myself as for the last
The only exception to this is The Bureaucracy™ – I have only recently begun the process of changing my name, and it’s far from certain that the Swedish bureaucracy will accept a simple, mononymous, zrajm (the name laws here does not seem to explicitly require a last name, but it does state that everyone should be assigned one at birth).
There are also some old friends (and family) that are just too lazy or too stubborn to change their ways.
Recent changes: For a long time I used to use a longer form (Zrajm C Akfohg) on Facebook, Google+ and wherever a last name was required. But, frankly, the latter part isn’t very memorable and have never been that important, so I don’t use it any more.
Klingon name: Since I’m a bit famous for my involvement in
the Klingon language
and Klingonska Akademien,
people frequently assume that zrajm means something in Klingon
Speling: Sometimes people misspell my name. The misspellings I've seen include: Zarjim, Shraim, Schraim and Zjraim. (I've expected Sraim, Zrajim and Srajm but haven't seen them yet.) And if you do a search using that mightily popular search engine, they suggest that you might mean zram.
Now if you only ever heard the name I can sympathize,
but otherwise it really isn't that difficult. Five letters: