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Posted 5/24/17
When people hear your name are there any stereotypes about it? The moment people hear your name, do people assume that your name makes you who you are. Do you like your name? What are your thoughts?


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Most people find my name appealing which is cool but I rarely get someone who finds my name a racial stereotype. Maybe if they heard my full name then yeah. Yet I like my name because it's different and it's unique. My name means Beloved Friend and that makes me happy I suppose. The only reason why I mention I am not my name is because of the negative stereotype that follows it. Some people hear my name and think I'm some ghetto black chick from the hood. Yeah, I'm nothing like that and never will be.

So what about you? Are you not your name or are you?


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I didn't really like my name when I was younger, but now I actually really love it. It means "very clear, brilliant glass or transparent quartz". Usually people don't have much of a reaction to it. Every now and then someone will comment that it sounds pretty, but to my knowledge there aren't many stereotypes about it.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

When people hear your name are there any stereotypes about it? The moment people hear your name, do people assume that your name makes you who you are. Do you like your name?


I changed my name, because I hated it. My name used to be Patrick. I don't like that name. I wanted to be Pat, but my father's name is also Patrick and he gets to be Pat because he was Pat first. So I tried to be Rick or Ricky so I wouldn't be Patrick because I hated that name, but my parents are dicks and insisted on calling me Patrick. So I would go to school and tell the teachers to call me Rick, which they would do until the first open house night when my parents would correct them all night and then the teachers would start calling me Patrick in class which meant all the other kids started calling me Patrick and dammit what the actual fuck.

Meanwhile, I played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons (you don't say), and the character I played most frequently was named Caliban Darklock so when I was about nine years old I started using "Caliban" as my name online. By the early 1990s, Marvel had added the Morlocks to the X-Factor universe and "Caliban" was frequently taken by some comic book nerd... so I started using "CDarklock" instead, and then a few years later I just went down to the courthouse for a legal name change.

Seriously, if you think I'm weird now, you guys are lucky I didn't spend more time playing Phanderbrass, Feregar, and Grunger.

Fifteen years later, my parents still call me Patrick. So I kind of get it when trans people bitch about their pronouns. For God's sake, just call people what they want to be called. How hard is that? Why do you care? Don't be a dick.

As far as stereotypes, people always think I must be either a comic nerd or a Shakespeare geek, which... is like, totally true on both counts, so I don't really mind. The source of the name is Shakespeare, though. There's clearly a rich trove of psychological implication in the direct identification with a deformed slave unfairly subjugated by a narcissistic authority figure. "For I am all the subjects that you have, which first was mine own king, and here you sty me - in this hard rock, whilst you do keep from me the rest o' th' island."
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My name, David, is way way too common. I used to think it was cool when I met someone with the same name. Now I'm getting annoyed. I'm starting to not respond whenever my name gets called, because I'm not the most sociable person so whenever someone says "David" they must be talking about another "David".
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bobmonkeys wrote:

My name, David, is way way too common. I used to think it was cool when I met someone with the same name. Now I'm getting annoyed. I'm starting to not respond whenever my name gets called, because I'm not the most sociable person so whenever someone says "David" they must be talking about another "David".


What would you rather have your name be instead?
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Posted 5/24/17

qualeshia3 wrote:

When people hear your name are there any stereotypes about it? The moment people hear your name, do people assume that your name makes you who you are. Do you like your name? What are your thoughts?


My Turn:

Most people find my name appealing which is cool but I rarely get someone who finds my name a racial stereotype. Maybe if they heard my full name then yeah. Yet I like my name because it's different and it's unique. My name means Beloved Friend and that makes me happy I suppose. The only reason why I mention I am not my name is because of the negative stereotype that follows it. Some people hear my name and think I'm some ghetto black chick from the hood. Yeah, I'm nothing like that and never will be.

So what about you? Are you not your name or are you?




Fun fact: "unique"is the most common non-traditional name in the USA. Particularly along black people. IIRC it has more than a dozen spellings
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Posted 5/24/17

karatecowboy wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

When people hear your name are there any stereotypes about it? The moment people hear your name, do people assume that your name makes you who you are. Do you like your name? What are your thoughts?


My Turn:

Most people find my name appealing which is cool but I rarely get someone who finds my name a racial stereotype. Maybe if they heard my full name then yeah. Yet I like my name because it's different and it's unique. My name means Beloved Friend and that makes me happy I suppose. The only reason why I mention I am not my name is because of the negative stereotype that follows it. Some people hear my name and think I'm some ghetto black chick from the hood. Yeah, I'm nothing like that and never will be.

So what about you? Are you not your name or are you?




Fun fact: "unique"is the most common non-traditional name in the USA. Particularly along black people. IIRC it has more than a dozen spellings



Someone name their child unique? I know there is a fictional character name Uniqua from the Backyardigans.
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Someone name their child unique? I know there is a fictional character name Uniqua from the Backyardigans.


There's another spelling!

I've actually met a Unique, though I don't know how he spelled it.

The Backyardigans looks very colorful.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

When people hear your name are there any stereotypes about it? The moment people hear your name, do people assume that your name makes you who you are. Do you like your name?


I changed my name, because I hated it. My name used to be Patrick. I don't like that name. I wanted to be Pat, but my father's name is also Patrick and he gets to be Pat because he was Pat first. So I tried to be Rick or Ricky so I wouldn't be Patrick because I hated that name, but my parents are dicks and insisted on calling me Patrick. So I would go to school and tell the teachers to call me Rick, which they would do until the first open house night when my parents would correct them all night and then the teachers would start calling me Patrick in class which meant all the other kids started calling me Patrick and dammit what the actual fuck.

Meanwhile, I played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons (you don't say), and the character I played most frequently was named Caliban Darklock so when I was about nine years old I started using "Caliban" as my name online. By the early 1990s, Marvel had added the Morlocks to the X-Factor universe and "Caliban" was frequently taken by some comic book nerd... so I started using "CDarklock" instead, and then a few years later I just went down to the courthouse for a legal name change.

Seriously, if you think I'm weird now, you guys are lucky I didn't spend more time playing Phanderbrass, Feregar, and Grunger.

Fifteen years later, my parents still call me Patrick. So I kind of get it when trans people bitch about their pronouns. For God's sake, just call people what they want to be called. How hard is that? Why do you care? Don't be a dick.

As far as stereotypes, people always think I must be either a comic nerd or a Shakespeare geek, which... is like, totally true on both counts, so I don't really mind. The source of the name is Shakespeare, though. There's clearly a rich trove of psychological implication in the direct identification with a deformed slave unfairly subjugated by a narcissistic authority figure. "For I am all the subjects that you have, which first was mine own king, and here you sty me - in this hard rock, whilst you do keep from me the rest o' th' island."


can't we just call you Patty?

*ducks*
Posted 5/24/17
I love my name! Didn't when I was younger, but after years of people telling me it was a very pretty/unique name I finally caved and decided to accept it. Now I can see where they're coming from and I really do like it now. It's also a Japanese name, so I can sign my name in hiragana instead of katakana. That's always fun!
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uncletim wrote:

can't we just call you Patty?



Marcy always just calls me sir. ;)

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It's strange I went most of my adult life going by my last name being in the army. That when I got out I didn't recognize my first name for a long time
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I hate my name, when people call me by my name it gives me the chills.. Idk why this is, but I always feel like I'm being called out for something serious when I hear my own name being called.
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I didn't really like my name when I was younger and wanted to change it, but some guy told me one time my name meant 'beautiful' (it means appearance of god) and then I thought that it really didn't suit me, but now that im older I really like it.
But growing up I have noticed a lot of strippers and slags have the same name as me
Posted 5/24/17
My name has no known meaning. My mother gave me a rather awkward name that I've never seen or heard of. I actually have to use my middle name for work as it's far more common (David) and easier to pronounce.
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