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I was 12 years old in the kitchen with my brother (18). We were talking about stupid stuff and the conversation ultimately went to what we were going to name our kids.
But it was a comical conversation so we were throwing out "crazier" names... none of which I can really remember.
Eventually I ran out of ideas and started naming things in the room (I was 12, shoot me). One of the things I spouted out was "dish", which my brother and I agreed actually sounded like a cool name. But to prevent it from being stupid, the spelling would have to be tweaked slightly, hence the added 'c' to make "Disch".
It stuck. I never had kids, but when I got onto the internet some years later and established an online persona, 'Disch' was invariably the handle I used.
Some years later, I was living in Berkeley with my sister. I was unemployed and she was a student, so we were very poor. We did a lot of shopping at thrift stores and the like. She picked up a belt with the letter 'C' on it, presumably because it was cheap. We found this comical because no version of her names began with the letter C. She joked that "the 'C' is for 'cool'" whenever anyone asked her about it.
I later applied that as a gag as to why Disch is spelled with a c (the added C is for 'cool'). Which isn't actually far from the truth, as the C was added originally to make the name cooler.
It wasn't until later that I discovered "Disch" is actually a real surname. Though that didn't in any way dissuade my usage of it.