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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    My first name is pretty hard to make fun of. But Coffey on the other hand.. I'm sure all of you can make about 10 off the top of your heads.
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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say his or her name is or has been the source of ridicule, I'd have $10 and some change.

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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    Quote Originally Posted by traderumor
    My middle name is Thomas, have considered going with "C. Thomas" to go with my sophisticated personality
    My brother's middle name is Thomas. He did that for a while- it was way cool.
    My name is just solid- Steven. Named after the first martyr. Not sure what my parents were getting at there. I never use the full name though because it sounds like something I'm not, tall.
    I also never thought it was a particularly cool name until my wife told me that my name fits me perfectly; grounded, reliable, just Steve. Those are her words, obviously under the influence of something at the time. But I'm runnin' with it.

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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    I don't mind my name. My brother hates his thjough. It is 919192.

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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    Quote Originally Posted by 919191
    I don't mind my name. My brother hates his thjough. It is 919192.
    What were your parents names?

    Just wondering
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    My first name is Cujo, so I don't usually get a lot of crap.
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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19
    I have a kind of a weird quirk with names.

    The only people on this earth that calls me Joshua, is my mother in a fit of angry rage when I was growing up, and my grandmother on my mom's side, who's called me that since the day I was born and I'm sure will continue to do so for the rest of her life.

    If you're not either of the above two people and call me that, I'm irritated, and I'll explain why. I have no problems with people calling me "Mr." because most of the time, it's in a professional fashion, where I'm having services performed or paying/getting money or something in a business fashion. In those types of situations, I'll introduce myself as "Josh" and I'm perfectly fine working at that more informal level.
    If someone keeps calling me "Mr." I'll correct them, but I appreciate the effort at starting on the correct foot.

    However, if you jump straight to calling me "Joshua", it means you don't know me, and have already jumped into an informal relationship with me without asking.

    Like at stores where the clerk already has my card in hand, and asks me "Joshua would you like to sign up for our X" and I'm already not happy about it and you haven't won any brownie points on getting me to do whatever it is you want me to do.

    Maybe I'm just a crank, and put more stock into it than I should, but that formality in our society seems to have just disappeared. We're all "buds" and "pals".

    I'm a pretty informal guy 99% of the time. Except with that, which is a huge pet peeve of mine.

    That bug anyone else?
    I used to manage a branch library in the West End. 97% African American. I learned quickly that "Mr." or "Mrs." was the way to addresss adults and that it would be offensive to use someone's first name without knowing them fairly well. I am not sure if the bar was higher for me because I was a white guy in a largely black neighborhood, but people definitely responded to me when I addressed them correctly. That has always stuck with me and I prefer that my kids address people more formally to show respect.
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    Can't say that I'm unhappy with my name, except that's it's pretty common, I've known at least 10 women with my full name. First name (formal) is Catherine - and it's on everything, from checks to mail orders to doctor visits, etc.. But I go by Cathy or Cath. When I was in school I'd get pretty upset if someone spelled my name with a "K", doesn't bother me now, tho' I thank the person who gets it spelled right the first time. When younger I tried spelling my name [shorten] differently, e.g. Cathi, Cathie. My parents did not give me or my sisters middle names because they felt that our names were already too long. Parents' names are: James Marvin and Helen Catherine. My Dad has since dropped the James. I'm the 4th generation Catherine - the others are my Mom, my great aunt [China Catherine] and my great grandmother [Selena Catherine, who went by Katie - who was married to a Tyra]. My sisters' names are: Claudette, Fredricka [Freddi] and Kimberly [Kim]. My parents never called us by our full names, except for Claudette-can't really shorten her name-when they were mad. I'm really the only daughter that has a true family name - my older sister Claudette was born in 1949 and that name, along with other "ettes" were common - but my Mom's version is that it's a combination of her parents' names, Claude and Rosetta (who was called Ette). Freddi was named after the queen of Greece at the time (1953) but the hospital in CA got it wrong, should have been Fredericka. Everyone thought that my little sister Kim was going to be a boy, so she did not have a girls name. The boys name would have been Timothy Marvin. After the delivery, the ob-gyn asked my Mom what will you name your new daughter, she thought what rhymes with "Tim"? Viola!

    The name Kitty was used only once in high school when they were other Cathys. So when the Internet came along, the name was easy to remember and not that far from my true name.
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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    My name is Richard, which is fine with me, but my family always has called me "Dick" or "Dickie"

    However, once I went to middle school, I was honestly afraid of people making fun of my name, so when teachers called the roll at the start of the school year and said "let me know if you go by anything else" I just remained quiet & let "Richard" go.

    I think it might have confused some of the people who had gone to elementary school, and even today, if my family ever meets anybody I work with, it's a bit weird, as I'm Richard at work and still the shortened version at home.

    Sometimes I wish I had never let myself be so paranoid about the possibility of kids making fun of my name and regret that I did, but that's history now.

    (But sometimes, it almost feels like I'm leading 2 lives, with a different name for each.

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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19

    However, if you jump straight to calling me "Joshua", it means you don't know me, and have already jumped into an informal relationship with me without asking.
    My legal name if Randall, but nobody who knows me calls me that. If you are on a first name basis with me, it's Randy. If I get a sales phone call from someone pretending to know me who calls me Randall, there will be no sale. It's really a total giveaway of the caller. If I hear "Hello Randall" I know the caller doesn't know me at all.
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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder
    My name is Richard
    Your last name isnt "Hand" is it?
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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    I have no complaints about my name.

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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    My first name is Don and I am so glad, very glad that my Mom and Dad named me that,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,because everyone calls me that.

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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    interesting question...I have no problem with my first name but has often wondered how B.J. Surhoff feels about his :-)

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    Re: Are you happy with your name?

    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed
    Your last name isnt "Hand" is it?
    Nope.

    (And it's not Head or Cranium or anything like that either.


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