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If you had an awkward name growing up, how did it affect you?

  1. NiaG profile image89
    NiaGposted 4 years ago

    There are plenty of names, whether they be first names or first and last names together, in life where you just have to stop and think, "Why did their parents name them that?" And you just hope the child didn't suffer for it.

    1. Disturbia profile image61
      Disturbiaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      lol lol There wasn't anything about me that WASN'T awkward growing up, least of all my name.  My parents named me what they did because of their ethnic background and if I had grown up in my mother's native Hungary, my name would have been quite common.  But growing up in NYC in the 60s, there was nobody else in my school with a name like mine.  Of course, I was teased without mercy and all I ever wanted to do was blend in, but not any more.   Now I embrace my name and I love it because it seperates me from the rest of the herd.  I no longer want to blend in, I am very happy being different, unique, and individual.  My daughters have unusual names too, but that wasn't my choice ironically, their fathers are to blame... LOL.

    2. nightwork4 profile image60
      nightwork4posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      my last name is a bit stange but it made me into a better fighter. kids are cruel, so they at first tried to make fun of me when i started school. after giving out a bunch of serious beating, my last name didn't seem to be so funny, go figure.

  2. WriteAngled profile image92
    WriteAngledposted 4 years ago

    It wasn't an odd choice by my parents, but being born in the UK and having a Polish name was a pretty awful experience. I was endlessly teased about it, no one knew how to spell it, it would get mispronounced all the time (which led to more people laughing at me). Also, my first name, middle name and surname came to 26 characters in total, which made form-filling a nightmare.

    I then had two married names, which I was delighted to shuck off when the time came! 

    Finally, I changed my name legally by deed poll. I kept a shortened form (first 4 characters) of my first name, the spelling of which keeps a tiny exotic flavour that helps distinguish me from others with the same sounding name spelled conventionally. I threw out the middle name, and I replaced the surname with one of the most common surnames in Wales.

    Now I'm happy, because I only need to spell out the first four characters of my name. Life has become far simpler smile

  3. NiaG profile image89
    NiaGposted 4 years ago

    That's very interesting WriteAngled. You went through all that. Thanks for sharing that. :-)

    Disturbia, I figured that when you are an adult things probably get smoothed out a little better but kids can be so cruel. I'm glad you survived into adulthood. :-)

  4. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 4 years ago

    My name is Isabel.

    When I was at school, the kids shortened it to Bella. Just some of them mind! Then when I was about 13, my Mom bought me the most fabulous ever silvery green platform boots.

    God I loved those boots. Mini skirts were IN. I had the mini the body and the boots.

    Then I got called Bella Boots.

    Didn't like that. To be called a 'boot' at that time in Scotland was akin to being called a prostitute!

    When I grew up and moved away, folk started calling me Izzy, which as a child I would have 'died' at, but it is better than Bella Boots.

    So I kept it smile

    PS In Spain, I prefer the Spanish called me "Eezabel" because in Spanish Izzy sounds like Easy which takes me right back!

  5. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 4 years ago

    Well, it was embarrassing to me in school....and only on the first day of class was "Wesman" called for.  I was always a Todd after the first day.

    I'm the only Wesman Todd Shaw in the world though, literally, nobody else has that name - so now I'm rather proud of it.

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think your name is brilliant!! You couldn't make it up!

      One day, I will be proud to have a collection of books by Wesman Todd Shaw in my library. Of course that is the library I am going to have!

      At this rate, it'll be the library of the geriatric or maybe psychiatric home I end up in.

      But hey I'll tell everyone I was a hubber on Hubpages with Wesman Todd Shaw, and they'll all be jealous!

      1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I'm FLATTERED! now, Izzy!!!!

        I better get to writin' them books!

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    Emile Rposted 4 years ago

    My first name is horrible. Luckily, as a child, I was in smaller school environments where I was never saddled with it. I took some ribbing from the other kids from time to time, but not too bad. I was quick enough to find a way to rib back a little harder, so it never lasted long.

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    klarawieckposted 4 years ago

    My real name is very strange. It's a Czech name that has a syllable that sounds like "milk" so I got harrassed a lot during my high school years. You can just imagine!

  8. cathylynn99 profile image78
    cathylynn99posted 4 years ago

    my name was too popular. in my HS english class there were five cathy's. we never knew who the teacher was calling on.

  9. leahlefler profile image99
    leahleflerposted 4 years ago

    My parents named me after a relative, and figured the name was fairly insult-proof. Kids are very creative, though, and in second grade I was dubbed Leah-Peah-Diarrhea. I hated that one. Later on they just called me "Leah Pet" (rhymes with Chia Pet) because my hair turned curly and was a bit out of control.

    I can thank my parents for refraining from naming me EXACTLY after the relative, though. Her first name was actually Wilhelmina, and I can only imagine the torment I would have received!

    I love my first name now, but no one really calls me "Leah Diarrhea" anymore!