I have a pretty common first name, which I’m not terribly fond of, though I feel that’s mostly due to it being so familiar to me. Like, if I had some other name my thoughts would be transposed onto it.
My last name is rare, somewhat long, and spelled exactly like it sounds or, conversely, pronounced exactly as it is spelled yet people still find all sorts of creative ways to fuck it up. It amuses me when it’s not fucking things up for me.
Having punctuation in my name has made my life miserable. Absolutely no one can pronounce it. I have even been asked “What is your greatest desire?” And since she was a customer, it took all I had to not correct her in a harsh way. Really people? It’s Desire’ (dez_er_ray) It’s not that hard.
First name is John, never liked it. Wish it were Jonathon.
For my middle name… I was named after a baseball player. Thought it was cool when I was a kid, absolutely embarrassed by it now. No, it’s not Rollie Fingers.
So far three out of my four non-homeshooled years had two other kids with my name (same ones), two years of church camp had two other kids with my name, at least ten classes in college had at least one other student with the same name (making that six others with the same name, including one teacher), and, finally, when I got a temp job, there were at least three other employees with that same name.
@DVDBZN I went to public school my whole life and there were never any other kids that I know of with my name (carrie) in my grade. It’s not an uncommon name, and there were at least one or 2 people with my name in both the grade above me and the grade below me. But never in my grade.
My name is fine. It was pretty popular around the time I was born, so in school there was usually one or two others with my name. At work, I’ve been surprisingly lucky to not have anyone with the same name for years. I get told quite often by customers that they’ll remember my name because it’s their granddaughters name. When I tell them it is pretty common, they don’t believe me. I guess because it’s not that common now, but there’s lots of people with my name… Even famous actresses that were in their generation.
My name can be abbreviated two ways. One of them is fine… I fucking absolutely hate the other way. It raises my hackles when someone calls me that. When my co-workers do it, I purposely ignore them because I’ve corrected them, and I think it’s rude to call someone a name they don’t like.
My mom was going to name me something completely different. When I was born, she didn’t think it suited me. I’m lucky because I would of been picked on in school for it being a weird foreign name.
Uncommon but familiar first name, very rare last name. People tend to mispronounce it badly, or look at it with a frightened expression until I bail them out. "Karl… "
Sometimes I help them out, but it is more amusing to simply stare back.
@sanspoint - I gave my son a rather unusual name (at the time, it has since become popular). For his middle name, I just used the initial ‘J’ so he could choose his own name if he wanted. Turns out, he likes his first name well enough, but has had lots of fun with the J.
He has been Jason, Jedi, Jackalope, Jalapeno, and Jet.
I love him.
In this digital age, I really like that my name is boring and un-Google-able. In fact, the first 100 hits are the mayor of a major metropolitan city. I think I came in around 354 - and that was just my work profile pic.
I don’t want to say that I couldn’t have done better, though. I do think there are other cooler names out there, but mine fits - plus I’m named after my grandfather (though they thankfully changed the middle name to keep only the initial… Amnet would have gotten me a lot of teasing in school…)
I like to think my name has a Jekyll/Hyde thing going on with it. I go by Jacob, but I really have 5 other variarions that I could have went with if it didn’t fit my persona. You could use them all to make the male versions of The Spice Girls.
Until I was in the 5th grade (give or take), I didn’t know anybody else with my name, and I loved it knowing that when I heard my name, they were talking to me. About the time I graduated high school, it made it into the top 20 baby names, so there are lots of people with my name that are significantly younger than me.
So when I named my kids, I gave them names that would be unique. (Child #1 frequency peaked at 20/million, Child #2 frequency peaked at less than 80/million, and Child #3 is quite common, but gave her two middle names, one of which is quite unique.) - these stats according to babycenter.com
My parents couldn’t agree on my name. My dad wanted Rebecca and my mom wanted Molly. Eventually they decided that if I was a girl my dad got to name me and if I was a boy my mom got to name me. After I was born, my mom had to ask the nurse what my name was (she had a pretty good idea about the first name, but no clue for the middle name)!
Nobody can guess my middle name, even if I tell them the first initial, and it is a very common first name!
My name was my Dad’s, and his Uncle’s and his Grandfather’s, and others, one or more per generation in different branches going back to the late 1700s (that my Grandmother tracked in an old Bible we sadly cannot locate; it went to a different branch of the family). My brother’s name was our Grandfather’s name, and it was also used almost every generation going back).
Mine is less common now but it is a good name and I am honored to have it.
naming people at birth can be an enormous undertaking. Perhaps we should just call everyone ‘hey you’ until they are old enough to pick out their own name.
When our son was born my wife and I couldn’t decide on a name so we put all the options on a list and had everyone involved in the birth pick their top three choices. We weighted the responses and picked the top point winners to use for his first and middle name. Interestingly they were the only 2 we both had chosen in the group.