We weren’t all born to be Ashleys or Marys. When we’re in our own little world, that’s fine. It only becomes an issue whenever someone has to say it, spell it or generally deal with the fact that they’ve never heard it before.
To our Feather Girls with uniquely awesome monikers: this story is for you!
1. Teachers will butcher it on the first day of class.
2. People are always asking what it means.
For some of us, it just means your parents liked the way it sounded.
3. Or they ask where you’re from.
I’d like to say somewhere exotic, but I’m really just from Florida.
4. Then, there’s the backhanded compliment directed at your mom and dad.
“Well, that’s, uh, creative! Your parents had quite the imagination.”
5. Some people just make no effort at all to pronounce it.
This is supposed to say “Emeka.”
7. Seriously, they just can’t seem to get it.
This should be “Valeria.”
8. There’s always someone asking if you have a nickname.
9. And there’s that person who gives you a nickname and you wait too long to tell them you hate it.
10. You can never get anything personalized unless it’s custom.
I loathe you, Jennifer.
11. You have to spell it out using phrases like, “n” as in “Nancy.”
Can I just give you my social security number, so you can look it up?
12. You end up just as bad as everyone else by giving a fake name whenever you call for take-out.
Who really has the time to spell it out to a person who could care less?
13. You automatically love anyone who gets your name right on the first try.
14. You’ll find out that people you’ve known for years still don’t know you to spell your name.
15. Spell check thinks you’re the world’s worst speller.
16. You’re always annoying people with common names by asking how it feels to meet someone with the same name.
You’ll never know what it’s like to meet someone with the same name, after all.
17. When you meet someone new, they often repeat your name to you several times to make sure they have it right.
Britanny? Wait, Briana? Oh, Brianti? Brianti, right? OK, Brianti. Brianti. Brianti? Got it.
18. One day, you’ll realize having an uncommon name just means you were born to standout from the crowd.