Where did we come up with the name “WiggleWigal”?
Well, before I met my husband, I was a “Johnson” and the biggest ridicule I had concerning my name was being called “Johnson & Johnson(r) Baby Powder” in about the second grade. Although I didn’t like that as a child, being a “Johnson” most of my life was rather easy. I never had to pronounce, repeat or spell out the name to anyone.
Then I met my husband. He used that name on eBay as a userid. You see, he was a “Wigal” and for some reason, everyone pronounced his name as “Wiggle”. I thought that was strange because it seemed obvious to me phonetically it should be a long “i” sound since there was only one “g” in the name.
Shortly after we married I experienced the phenomenon for myself…the hesitation when people came to read the name aloud…”wig-al” was fairly common, and so was “why-jull”, but lo and behold, “wiggle” was used more times than not…and often times without hesitation!
So when the time came for us to come up with a name for our business (encompassing many niches), I took a hankering to my husband’s old eBay userid, “wigglewigal”. It was generic, memorable and usually got a chuckle. So, we made it official…our company’s legal name is “WiggleWigal LC”.
When life hands you a lemon of a lastname, embrace it…sweeten it up and make yourself some lemonade! …By the way, “Wigal” is pronounced “why-gull” (hard “g”), but we’ve come to answer to most anything.