There is a mistake <in/on> my name (misspelling)

concours

Member
French
Hello,

I would like to know If we need to say "Mistake on my name" or "Mistake in my name".


Thanks!
 
  • Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    It needs to be clear that the mistake is in the way your name has been written (e.g. in a document).

    eg

    There is a mistake in the way my name has been written in the letter you sent.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Realistically, you cannot make a mistake in a written name in any way other than spelling.

    Therefore, I would just say "My name is misspelled."
     

    Wordsmyth

    Senior Member
    Native language: English (BrE)
    Realistically, you cannot make a mistake in a written name in any way other than spelling. [...]
    ... unless it's a missing hyphen, or a missing diacritic (though perhaps that could be considered a misspelling), or the wrong order of the names. I've seen mistakes made with Portuguese family names (usually written as maternal-paternal) being written by an unaware administrator in the usual Spanish order (paternal-maternal) — which creates quite an identity crisis!

    "There is a mistake in my name" sounds quite natural to me, though I'd be more likely to say "My name is written incorrectly".

    Ws:)
     
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