My wife kept her last name - "Guetter" - when we got married. It isn't the most obvious name to pronounce, and people often come up with unusual mispronunciations. Of course, you still wouldn't expect those mispronunciations from someone who actually has the last name.
This evening Laura turned to me and said, "My mom always pronounces it 'get-er' but my dad has always said 'git-er'. I've always just said it like my mom, but I wonder if that's even correct?" I just shook my head. After a quarter-century, this really shouldn't still be an open question for her.
Since my mother-in-law took her husband's last name, she was an outsider coming in, so one might expect that her pronunciation is this wrong one. But I'm inclined to think it's actually correct, and that the 'git-er' version is the slang/quicker/easier way of saying the name. 'Git-er' is quicker to say than 'get-er', and you don't have to move your mouth as far. Try saying it quickly, and see which works better ('bit-er'?).
We called B.I.L. (Laura's younger brother) to get (git) his take on the situation. When asked how he pronounced it, he quickly said 'gid-er' (which is actually even quicker/easier), complete with spelling. Seeking confirmation, Laura asked, "So that's how it's supposed to be said?"
B.I.L.'s quick response came back, "No. I just say it that way because it's quicker and easier." He then admitted that the correct pronunciation was probably 'get-er'.
So it seems my wife has, in fact, been saying her own name correctly.
Thought of changin' my name
What's in a name?