Everybody knew that her real name was Merry, but she kept telling everyone that her name was Mariot.
Now, 176 years later, I am writing memoirs and mention her in them:
"Merry (or Mariot, as she insisted her name was) was a very funny girl..."
Can I really say here "as she insisted her name was" or it sounds weird in English? Should it be like "as she insisted on how she was to be called" or, perhaps, just "as she insisted"?
Also, do I need to put Mariot in quotation marks?