下手の横好き世界5 by William Van Hecke

QotD: Repeat After Me...

My last name, from Flanders, Belgium, is Van Hecke. My family pronounces it [væn hɛki]. About 90% of strangers mispronounce it [væn hɛk]. A while ago I met a Belgian guy and a German guy who knew its original pronunciation; something more like [va:n hɛkə]; a super-informative site about the Dutch language confirms it.

When filling out official forms in Japan, I used to spell my last name ヴァンヘッキー. After a while of finding this to be a bit cumbersome, and after learning the original pronunciation, I switched to the slightly more accurate and more attractive ヴァンヘッキ.