How do you pronounce your Surname?

yellowmanwrite-200Recently Renee Price from Create It Kids asked me “How do you pronounce your Surname?”

It’s a Dutch surname that’s pronounced “Gizz-Burz”. The G is soft as in Go.

When my Opa (grandfather) came to Australia, immigration asked what his name was, and they wrote is as Gijsbers. It’s meant to be spelled with a y and an umlaut, however immigration spelled it with an i and j.

My father came to Australia when he was three and doesn’t speak much Dutch, I can’t speak any either.


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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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