I have a weird name.
It’s hard to pronounce and I haven’t met a person who can spell it on the first try. As a kid just learning the alphabet and attempting to spell three letter words, it was haaaard. It’s an Indian name. All the other kids had easy names like Nick and Amy, mine felt more like Barbarian Jaggles. The good part is, having a difficult name taught me to respond to pretty much anything people call me that starts with a B.
My whole life, I’ve gotten all sorts of odd looks from people after I introduce myself.
I grew up in the US assuming that my name would be more common in India. I live in India now and not much has changed.
So I think it’s safe to say it’s weird everywhere.
But that’s okay. Over the years, it’s grown on me. It’s MY name and it’s the only one I’ve got. It has character, I like to tell myself. I know that every time I walk into a room, I’m the only one with this name. Isn’t that pretty great?
That’s always been something I could count on. It’s special to me.
Ha, yeah right. Like that would ever happen.
Yesterday, my whole world came crashing down. Everything I once believed in, turned out to be a lie. What’s real? What isn’t? I can’t tell the difference anymore! It was like finding out there isn’t a Santa, Easter bunny, or a tooth fairy all at the same time.
I found someone with my name. MY name.
Yes, I realize that it was bound to happen eventually. My name is not that unique. All I know is that there is no way to explain how I feel without sounding completely insane.
Well, I guarantee you there is only one Naked Blog Goddess.
And there will always be only one Sexy Stormtrooper.
Idk…there’s lots of stormtroopers…
But only one sexy one. 😉
Er…so I accidentally pressed the unfollow button. Do not be alarmed, I still love you!
Noooo! Sexy Stormtrooper, wake up! I pressed the follow button. All is right with the world again. We’re going to be OK!
*wipes tears* there there.
Other people have my name, but nobody else has my teeth… and that’s good as otherwise…
Tee hee, that IS good. Can you image saying “Hey! I have the same teeth! Er….”
I bet the tooth fairy has some of your teeth… just saying’…
That’s okay, I have some of her money…
Seems a fair-and-square deal to me! 😉
I remember when I met someone with my name. All through elementary school I was an original. Then the 7th grade hit and the rug was pulled out from me. It’s a cruel world and I’m sorry you finally found out.
It is a cruel cruel world, TBM! We should register names, like bar-codes or number plates, no two people can have the same name.
……….I get it now! I get why celebrities’ kids’ names are Blue and Apple. Ok, THAT’s why we don’t want registered names.
They may have your name but lack your special personality, talent and uniqueness !! 🙂
Aw thanks! You’re so sweet 🙂
Oh my gosh, those images are making me laugh to myself on the train. There are lots of Katherines and Katies out there, so ice just gotten used to it. People still sometimes have trouble though, and I’ve gotten everything from Kaitlyn to Kathy. People get lazy with names, I think.
I’ve gotten Bags, Bubbly, and Barbecue. No really. 😛
Oh and thanks, Katie! I recently found a weird love of illustrating things.
Miss Four Eyes,
You found your groove, Barbarian Jaggles the First. When I was in grade four, we were four Erics in my classroom. I felt special.
Bet you were the best. Magnificent as always.
Their parents must have named the other three after you. Now *that* is something special. I wonder what their names were before you came into the picture…?
Their names before I came into their lives..? Irrelevant. They were probably Borg, too.
I, too, have an uncommon name. There are four of us on Facebook but it doesn’t matter because the other three are douchebag impostors, obviously.
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.
They’re just douchebag impostors, I knew it! They feel threatened by us, of course they do.
I felt “robbed” when I discovered that there where people out there who had my name, too. I felt violated. I am no longer unique. It’s not fair. It’s not a common name. But people have it. And it’s TWO names and a family name. How does that happen? They are on FB. I’ve seen them. Sad, really. I feel your pain, Barbarian Jangles.
Thank you, Marie, and I feel your pain too. It’s sad isn’t it? To simply realize that people can just have your name! YOUR name.
Meh, no worse than knowing all along that YOU have the name(s) of other people…
Hehe. I like to think of it as the other way around. They have YOUR name, impostors all of them!
Kinda hard to think the other way around when you spent your childhood being constantly remembered by literally everyone that you bear the names of not one, but two famous conquerors – namely, king William I and no other than Alexander the Great. Try living up to that!
My name is relatively common but people get it wrong all the time. Go figure….You will always be unique because that other person doesn’t blog naked!
But it’s Kate! Easy peasy. How can anyone get Kate wrong?
You’re right! Take that Barbarian impostor!
In high school there was this girl who was a couple grades ahead of me. Her name was Tiffany Mansker instead of Tiffany Metzger…but can you imagine the fiasco that caused? I had tons of people wish me happy birthday on her birthday, every year. It was rather annoying.
P.S. Is it wrong that I enjoyed reading the comments just as much as the article? :p
I can see how annoying that could get. But the question is, did you ever get any cake out of it?! 🙂
The comments are always the best part!
No, I didn’t get any cake! That would have made it alright.
What no cake?! Now that is just wrong.
Apparently those people weren’t cool enough for cake. So ti was just a random day where people who supposedly know me tell me happy birthday.
I can’t remember ever being in a classroom where there wasn’t another Mike. There were even two Mike A.’s in my high school graduation class.
In short, count your blessings, Barbarian.
Yikes! But hey, every time you got in trouble I bet it was easy to get out of it, huh? “It wasn’t me! It was that Mike!”
As some one with a weird name — not necessarily weird but definitely spelled weird — I understand what you’re saying. I’ve never met anyone who spells it the way I do, but I don’t think I’d like it!
And I hope you never find anyone who spells it like you! It’s a dark world once you do.
Someone may have your name but they don’t have your beauty, wit and charm 🙂 Big hugs xx00xx
Mollie and Alfie
Aww. Stella, you are the sweetest. Lots and lots of hugs for you! xx
I know there is a lot of Ben’s but hopefully none as bitter as me.
Nobody will ever have your title Ben. If anything, I’m sure they named themselves after YOU.
I hope no one names themselves after me. Then I would have to change to Really Bitter Ben.
I hear that.
I don’t hear it enough.
I can partially relate: I have a foreign name which contains sounds and sound combinations that just don’t exist in English, so it’s just cannot be possibly pronounced correctly by an English speaker. So to say that I’m used to having my name butchered is an understatement.
But at least I think I’m the only person in the US with that name – which is also a problem, because if something bad is ever attached to my name online, I wouldn’t be able to use “that’s just another guy with the same name” excuse. But you, you have that excuse now!
Yikes! I never thought about that. Hey but on the bright side, you can give people a “fear me now” look all the time.
And you are so right. She takes all the blame!…….unless she’s the one doing the bad things and blaming them on me. Let’s just stick with what you said.
I have a “fear me now” appearance regardless of my name. Add the strange name and my accent, and I can easily scare children and some impressionable adults without even trying.
Ey, I have four eyes, too. Are you gonna beat me up. I make sure, I won’t use your name. I did find someone in FB exactly the same first and last name as mine. I wonder if this is my doppelgänger.
It’s an impostor! A fake, a fraud!
I liked this post, liked the images
you made me smile and that is AWESOME
Happy Canada Day to all you Americans and Indians and everyone !
soon happy july 4th to you all as well
ps.. I have a very common name, so see it everywhere !
Bet you see your name in the paper all the time. Is it exciting to see all the accomplishments in your name though? “Wild E discovered a new planet” “Wild E won an Oscar!” “Wild E found the cure to global warming!” Claim them all as your own
Thanks, Wild E! Your comment made me smile 🙂
Happy Canada Day and 4th of July to you too!
Strange, Miss Four Eyes doesn’t seem that hard to pronounce…oh.
Actually, I think it would be interesting to have a unique name. David is about as common as you can get, which is great if you want a key chain with your name on it at a tourist site, but not great if you want to feel nominally special. 🙂
I bet there are silent letters all over in “Miss Four Eyes.” I can only imagine it.
I think it’s pronounced [mee’h faourrh aeii’zh]
Who would want a key chain with their name on it at a tourist site anyway?
But there is only one Dabee, and that’s pretty great 🙂
That’s true. Dabee teacher, the relatively unique.
I can relate a little. My name is easy enough, but the spelling always throws people for a loop, and NO ONE can remember that it’s spelled that way, no matter how many times I spell it for them, or how many times they see it on Facebook.
I completely get it. The worst is important documents/certificates that people hand-write and every thing is wrong
The person throwing my bridal shower misspelled my name twice (in two different ways) on the invitations. Sigh
People love my last name. I get called that more than my first name. They have also shorten it to Devo. All is good though, whip it good.
That song is going to be stuck in my head all day 🙂
Nah, I like it
You are sweet and unique, no matter if an entire country shared your name, there is only one you. 🙂
I love your pictures. How do you do that?
Thanks, Wendy! You are so sweet.
I use CorelDraw for the pictures. So glad you liked them 😀
There is only one YOU, name or no name. 🙂
Aw thanks, Jackie! I love your name btw, I think I’ve told you that before but I’m saying it again! 🙂
Thank you very much Miss! 🙂
Not too many people have my name, as evidenced by every souvenir shop I went to as a kid. The people with my name tend to misspell it (silly people) but I know some of us are out there so I have hope.
When I got married and I also got a long, needs to be spelled out last name. My email address would take five minutes to go through over the phone at work. When I got divorced, the last name went too. Not because of ill will; I just didn’t want to have spell both of my names for the rest of my life.
I completely understand the long phone calls for emails. After it’s done they keep wanting to know if that is in fact the real address or that I’ve given them a fake.
Haha! Man, you are getting good with those pictures! I’ve yet to meet someone with my name spelled with an H, I’ve met a couple of Rowans (lol, stupid name), but no Rohans so far!
I also love how every program thinks I’ve spelled my name wrong by putting a red line under it every time grr.
I’ll bet your name is awesome and rare, just like our super blogger Miss Four Eyes 🙂
*Nudie rare name hugs!”
ps. I hope you punched that name stealer!
Hey me too! Every single program thinks my name is wrong. I finally had Word on my computer add my name to the dictionary. Take that, red line!
I like the name Rohan, it reminds me of Lord of the Rings for some reason. 🙂
*nudie rare name hugs!*
I love “The Lord of the Rings.”
I must know your name.
Hehe, really? I can email you.
And sent. (to the email you commented here with)
I love it!
It’s the hardest part.
Everyday you see one more card…
LOL. That made me laugh SO Hard!
I can totally relate to that!
I love how you made her wear a Saree! Hahahaha
&&- I must say you are getting SOOO good at your artwork Girl. Honest. Someone’s gotten another secret talent I see ;;)
I mean the kind of imagination you need to think of that & then ACTUALLY create it- I am Impressed!
Good Work MissFourEyes!
THANK YOU! I lurve you BatGirl.
And I added that saree just for you, I knew you’d love it 😀
WOW, I am Indian and I have an unusual name as well. It is actually pretty easy to pronounce and for some reason fellow Indians have a harder time saying it. I’ve been called Riya, Surya, Sweety, Seeya by Indian aunties since for some reason they cannot pronounce my name. It is not that hard. I was devastated as well when I went on facebook and found someone with my name. There are not many of us. Just four people on facebook with the same first name but we all have different last names so we can retain some of our originality.
Just yesterday a woman told me that she’d call me Bubbly from now on because my name was just too hard to remember. Come on! Bubbly?!
You always make me laugh… but don’t worry, it’s not an obligation on your part. I know that you are more like others than you probably think and still more unique than you probably know. And no, I’m not actually a Jainist. Be well. cheers.
Oh Soul. That is one of the sweetest things anyone has ever said to me. Thank you so much. *hugs*
Ohhhh, yes, I would have loved to have a unique name. My real name was one of the top baby names of my birth year. Everyone had that name. There were four in my class, I’m pretty sure. So we had to have initials after our names. I hated that. So when we got to choose a Spanish name for Spanish class, I chose Selena, because it was so different from my other name. Which was fine until I got to Spanish II where, guess what, there was another Selena and once again I had a freakin’ initial only this time it was a Spanish initial. Crap in a hat.
I’ve been at my current workplace about 3.5 years. About a year ago, we got a new employee. With my name. She’s not even my generation, but like 12 years younger. So people expect me to add an initial now. I refuse. She can write the initial, she’s the new one. They can’t make me do it. I like being a rebel without a point.
I’m with you, she should get the initial! But hey, when it’s her birthday you can tell people that they’ve gotten it mixed up and that it’s actually your birthday. Cake, cake, cake! 😀
I have an impossible to spell/pronounce last name, too. Hell, even my own parents mispronounce it. I always wanted a normal name like Sally Jones growing up, but now, I’m pretty happy with it.
I’ve never met anyone else with the same name. The same first name, yes. Same last name, yes, but never both together. That would be freaky.
“Hell, even my own parents mispronounce it.” Heh, priceless!
You are one of a kind, Goldie!
When I was a kid I wanted to shorten my name to either A or B. One letter, easy peasy.
That would be nice. My last name is mostly vowels. Nobody knows what to do with more than one vowel. 🙂
There were 13 Lisa’s in my sophomore geometry class, that sort of makes a girl embrace a name like Barbaric. I LOVE the illustrations…especially the Indian woman.
Whoa. 13?! You will always be super special to us.
Thank you, Lisa! The Indian woman was my favorite to draw 🙂
I have similar experiences with my name. People want to pronounce it funny because the ‘i’ throws them off. Then when they realise it’s pronounced the same as ‘Dale’ I get the inevitable – “that’s a boy’s name!” I’ve even been asked if it’s short for something (what? Dailina?) And when I introduce myself as Daile I always get a strange look “Gail?” “Darryl?” and even “Sarah?” WTF.
Sarah?! Oh no, that’s just not right.
Daile is a fab name 😉
Thanks! I love it (now)
I’m glad my name is fairly standard….you look like you have a mean left uppercut!!
That woman should be scared, very very scared.
If you need back up (which clearly, you don’t) you know where to find me!
You have a rare name, I had a rare disease growing up — I’m sorry, killjoy, right? It’s called acha-la-sia. A RARE disease. I have that distinction. It’s when your esophagus closes up for some unknown Godforsaken reason. They were able to get it open. So that’s good. Goodnight, Barbarian Jaggles!
I’m glad they got it open. You are one of a kind, Sandee, always.:)
I guarantee your doppelganger didn’t have a blogging partner named The Hook….
(GREAT post, by the way, beautiful!)
That’s right! She is NOT the sidekick to The Amazing Hook 😀
I’m here for you, partner.
I have a common name, so I never have this issue. Although people do habitually misspell my last name, including people who I’ve known for years.
That’s the worst isn’t it? “C’mon guys, you know this! It’s been yeeears!”
I always feel about the same way when I find someone with my same birthday… “Rude, it’s mine! And I don’t share well…” “Also, I’m well armed, so… just saying…”
What??!!! And waste all that cake?! For shame, for shame. Hmmm… what to do, what to do? Candle fight? Too much fire. Ice cream fight? Too messy, also a waste of perfectly good ice cream tastiness. Party hat fight? Yep! That’s the one!
We could use the streamers too!
Okay! That’s a party, er, um, fight, I could get into!
I bought a small plant and gave it your name. Sorry.
Because it’s you, it’s ok. Take good care of it
I accidentally dropped it.
With a name like Barbaric, it probably fell over itself
This reminds me of when I first saw a rock float… I still haven’t recovered and it has been years! Also, your illustrations are getting epic. I love it.
A rock float can really shake you up, I get it.
Epic? Thanks, Soul! 😀
The fight is so amazing… it reminds me of a stick-figure version of old Batman comics– only much much brighter!
I just read the whole thing again and I am in stitches… again. Thank you.
You’re just completely making my day today! You are the best, Soul.
*rawr* you know what it means 😉
I do indeed. 😉
I never got to feel this fancy! There are so many “Lauren’s” about the world that I am practically in an 80s baby name club.
But few can contend with the fact my middle name is Stacey. “Lauren Stacey” is the most 80s girl name of them all. I imagine that all I should say is “this is rad” or “psych” and dress like Cher from “Clueless” at all times.
Also totally hilarious drawings 🙂
Nothing you have ever done in your life could justify having to dress like Cher. It’s just too harsh a punishment.
“Lauren Stacey” is adorable, no wait, it’s totally rad! 😀
There’s about 50,000 people in my state that have my name….actually, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
But there is only ONE of them that proudly discusses bowel movements, and that is special. To me, you’ll always be Revis Edgewater, the one and only. 😉
I LOVE the name Barbarian Jaggles. I wish I had something equally as awesome…I run into Amy’s everywhere…and then I get confused about my own identity…hahaha 😉
But I bet you spelled your name right in kindergarten on the first try! 😀
I feel your pain. And it’s a deep gnawing ache. I was the only Cymbria in the world, in the galaxy, in the universe… before facebook and google were invented and stripped me of my exquisite exclusivity.
But even so, I still won’t let anyone short form Cymbria. I make them savour each sweet syllable. And heck, if I have to spell it everywhere I go, people can at least take the time to say it! Although, and I don’t know if you’ve had to do this (because u look like such a good little girl lol), I’ve always used an alias name whenever I’ve gone out and gotten up something naughty. Wouldn’t want any inopportune googling to sneak up on me and rat me out~wink. (ps. love the sari wtf!!)
Cymbria is a beautiful name. I get not wanting it shortened. I mostly don’t let people shorten my name because it just makes it weirder. Bar. They want to call me Bar!
Oh and I so love aliases 😉
Bar and Cym… good grief… the horror!
I remember thinking as a child that i DID NOT sound like a Ritika. I keep bumping into people called Ritika (high school, college. I know, right? You’d think it’s unique and stuff) and I’m all ‘Whoa, dude. That is NOT Ritika-like at all.’
My name and I are the best of chums right now. Fist bumps and all.
Ritika is such a pretty name. And yeah, I bet those girls were so NOT Ritika-like! 😀
Also, Indian? *ears stand up on their toes*
Hello my Indian sistah!
And I love the illustrations! 😀
I’d give a cookie to know the secret 😉
A cookie! Where?!
I use CorelDraw for the illustrations. 😉
My name is easy enough to pronounce, but really hard for an American to spell. It’s also Indian.
When I got married to a mexican guy and came up with a first name / last name hybrid, I was pretty sure I was the only in the world… and then facebook got really popular, and *poof* illusions dispelled. There’s another me. In Portugal. And, to make matters worse, she’s prettier than I am! That’s just rude.
There can’t be another Rarasaur that’s prettier than this one. I just don’t believe it. 🙂
Hey at least you have memories 🙂 Am looking for unique parts of me. It’s really really difficult! Am not finding any!
Aw hey, Anne. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t unique. You are, through and through. 🙂
My name’s Coy, and I’ve had problems with it since I started school.
“What’s your name?”
I spent years being called the wrong name. There was an office I worked in at one point, and when I had my going away party, a lady who had worked with me for over a year said, “Well, Cory, I hope you do well in your future endeavors.”
My boss said, “Why’d you call him Cory? His name’s Coy.”
“Well, that’s not right,” she said, “His name’s Cory.”
“No,” my boss said, “You’ve just been calling him the wrong name for the past year.”
And six months later, after I had finally given up on people getting my name right, I was in K Mart and someone yelled, “Hey, Coy!” I turned around, as did the guy standing next to me. I looked to his name tag, saw he shared the same name and thought, “Shit, apparently there is someone else out there with the same name…”
That was the only time I met someone with the same name, but I have to admit, the effect was sobering. I thought I was one of a kind. Apparently there’s more Coys out there than I had thought….
Haha! The look on the lady’s face must have been priceless!
I can’t believe people get ‘Coy’ wrong. It’s Coy! Easy peasy. I feel for you, man.
You sure ain’t coy about it…
Hey, at least you know the adjective. Most people ask me if I was named after the fish.
Hey, at least you know the adjective. Most people ask me if I was named after the fish.
My name is quite common here, yet I don’t know why people come up with so different names distorting mine- my name is Shreya. Some write Sreya, others write Shrea, while some write Sheya. I once received an email, starting with ‘Dear Sheraya…’ It is embittering.
And yes, I live in India too! 🙂
Hey there! Another Indian sistah 😉
Sheraya? Oh no. No, no, no! That’s just wrong.
Over the years I’ve gotten used to the many many variations. My name starts with a B, somehow people manage to misspell it with an M. *faceplam*
Haha, this is really funny and really embittering at times, isn’t it?
Sometimes it is. It really really is. Other times it’s hilarious!
Seems to be one of those names with seemingly endless variations. I mean, I’m no etymologist but it sounds awfully similar to Sorayah, Surya and so on, to the point that all these names probably share the same ancient origin. It must be why people have a hard time getting yours properly.
Yes, you are right to an extent, but Surya and Shreya have entirely different meanings, but you are correct that people may make mistakes unintentionally, but when a real close friend of yours misspells your name and writes ‘Sheraya’ instead of ‘Shreya’, would you feel that friend is really a friend? Sometimes it gets on my nerves, but yes, there’s no denying that people do get names spelt wrong absent-mindedly. =)