Most parents try their hardest when picking out a name for their baby. They want the name to mean something, but not be so weird that it makes their baby’s life harder for years to come. They try to consider initials and nicknames and just generally to do right by their kid – it’s a huge responsibility, naming another person!
That said, things don’t always work out as planned (and I guess some people don’t take it too seriously to begin with), and people can end up…if not hating, then at least being displeased by their names.
What's the biggest problem you have with your name?
My biggest problem?
Me: "Hi, I'm Marcus. Nice to meet you."
Business people: "Hi, Marcus. Do you go by Mark?"
Me: "No. If I did then don't you think I'd introduce myself as that?"
— Marcus Vance (@MarcusCVance) January 9, 2020
If you want to know some of their reasons, well, these 18 people are here to dish!
18. There’s no way to predict the next big thing.
It was a perfectly fine name until the fall of 1990. https://t.co/Kw1orzrKCr
— Will “techpod.content.town” Smith (@willsmith) January 11, 2020
17. We can learn it if we want to.
White people telling me my name is “difficult” no matter where I am in the world https://t.co/N2Pe3dcajC
— Wagatwe Wanjuki 🇰🇪 🇧🇸 (@wagatwe) January 11, 2020
16. That barista just stopped trying.
My name is Guillermo
I’m from Argentina
There, we pronounce it:
The rest of Spanish Speaking countries say: GUI-ER-MO
In Starbucks Chile, I’m asked for my name:
Me: not, GUIshermo
The results: pic.twitter.com/L0miUvAt49
— 𝙶 𝚞 𝚒 𝚕 𝚕 𝚎 𝚛 𝚖 𝚘 🌐 (@gedelapena) January 10, 2020
15. My sister has only a middle initial and I can confirm the age of automation has made these things extra difficult.
“What’s the biggest problem you have with your name?”
Where do I start… the internet!
The standard error message: “Last name must have at least 2 letters.”
My personal all-time favorite: “Last name field cannot be in all caps.” — Stanford college app in the early 2000s. https://t.co/BPdmVBBDcf
— Vivian U (@JustTheLetterU) January 12, 2020
14. That’s just really insulting.
No one can pronounce or spell it. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been called “Renato” in an email. Hell, my company that I’ve been with for FOUR YEARS misspelled my name on my new nameplate 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/mwTrZsWtJi
— Renata Leo | Buffalo Sauce Everywhere (@renataoleo) January 9, 2020
13. This is way too long of a conversation.
“What’s your name?”
“Dean? Hi Dean.”
There’s no N.
“I don’t know what you’re saying.”
What comes after C?
“Your name is just one letter?”
With two E’s.
— Dee Hanson (@DeeHansonTweets) January 9, 2020
12. I wish she was kidding.
“Hi, I’m Chesney.”
“Are you related to Kenny Chesney?!”
Yes, this has happened WAY too many times. No, I’m not joking.
— Chesney Infalt (@ChesneyInfalt) January 9, 2020
11. It’s like playing a game you wish you weren’t winning.
“Can I have your name?’
“Yeah, it’s Miguel.” pic.twitter.com/NIpMV0Rylp
— MDragmire (@MDragmire) January 10, 2020
10. What on earth would Clyde be short FOR, I wonder?
Everyone used to ask me what Clyde was ‘short for’. Eventually after many refutations I relented and said ‘Clyde-O’Scope’. So my nickname became Scope, which made me sound like Byron’s rakish mate, Scrope Davies.
— Clyde ‘Scope’ Davies (@deadlyvices) January 10, 2020
9. There’s something you don’t want to have to say every day.
“Hi I’m Manick”
“Nice to meet you Malik”
“No it’s MaNick, as in depressive”
— Manick Govinda (@manick62) January 10, 2020
8. I’d probably just start with Ed.
Starbucks staff: Name?
Me: It’s Huw
Me: No, Huw
Starbucks: Is that H-U-G-H?
Me: No it’s H-U-W
Starbucks: Is that Chinese?
Me: Call me Ed. https://t.co/8PrFBXSPhV
— Huw Edwards (@huwbbc) January 10, 2020
7. Talk about an unfortunate twist of fate.
I have to clarify that i’m named after an Egyptian goddess and not a terrorist organization every time i meet someone new💀 https://t.co/V2EpNEAJfI
— isisandherforehead. (@izeeeees) January 12, 2020
6. I mean. He kind of brought that on himself.
People who think my name isn’t my name, but a nickname or pseudonym.
“Hi, I’m Spider.”
“Ok, what’s your legal name?”
“… … Spider. My name is Spider. That’s my name. It’s even my legal name, because I had the funds and privilege to enforce that.”
— Spider 🏳️🌈✡♿ (@vaspider) January 10, 2020
5. Here I thought “with a C” would be the default.
Going through life “Cathy with a C”.. once registered for a conference by phone – said “Cathy with a C”.. got to conference..all my paperwork and badge were for Kathy Withacee
— Cathy A. Salazar (@LvlyWords) January 10, 2020
4. …is it really, though?
My name is Edward, but I go by Ted or Teddy. No one knows that Teddy is a nickname for Edward. Everyone’s response is, “There’s no T in Edward”.
Then everyone comes up with the same thing at that exact moment.
— Teddy (@SquirlMastr) January 10, 2020
3. Seriously, it takes two seconds to double check.
My whole adult life, I have sent email from alanna.burke@whatever, with my name spelled correctly in the email, only to receive emails with my name misspelled. How. How do you do it. pic.twitter.com/t3nZUKsh8a
— Alanna Burke (she/her) (@aburke626) January 10, 2020
2. Manners seem to also be a thing for old people these days.
Me – My name is Miriam.
Person – That sounds like an old lady’s name.
Me – I’m growing into it.
— MimZWay (@MimZWay) January 10, 2020
1. I guess sometimes close enough will do.
My name is Siobhan.
Sio b han?
No Shivorn, it’s Irish
Fuck it, sure, why not.
— Siobhan Cole (@Siobhancole11) January 10, 2020
I disliked my name when I was younger, but now I like it (and I’ve never had any problems like these)!
Have you had issues with your name? What are they? Tell us in the comments1