10 Struggles You’ll Understand If You Have a Common Name

If your name is Ashley, Amanda, Sarah or Nicole, then you can definitely understand the struggles of having a common name. While you probably don’t have any trouble finding personalized keychains and jewelry, there are a couple moments when your not-so-unique name warrants some eye rolls.

Okay, so your parents didn’t choose to name you something wildly unique, but at the same time, you kinda wish they strayed from picking the most popular name in the world. Here are a few things you’ll be able to relate to as someone with a common name:

1. Even though you have a common name, it’ll never be spelled the way you spell it. Which is really annoying if you’re a Kaitlin, Caitlin, Kaitlyn, Catelynn, etc.

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2. You’ll never be the only person anywhere with your name. Bummer.

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3. In school, you probably have to go by your first name and last initial. But so do all the other Jessicas, so that’s okay.

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4. People try to stick a nickname on you so that you’re easier to distinguish from the crowd. No thanks, but okay.

5. There’s definitely a movie, or a song, or a book in which your name is used. Cue Frozen quotes if your name is Anna.

6. Your name will never be considered *original*. It’s a blessing and a curse, really.

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7. There is a really good chance you and your best friend will share the same name. You can be the LC and Lo of your group of friends.

8. You’re almost always mistaken for someone else who has the same name and get texts / phone calls meant for that other person. No, it’s the other Nicole. From Chemistry.

9. Unfortunately, you might date someone who has had an ex with your name. At least your significant other won’t call you the wrong name?

10. You probably have to use an alias when making reservations to set you apart from all the other tables under your name. Kristen, Party of 10!

The 10 Struggles of Having a Unique Name