Last Name First, First Name Last, Middle Initial Optional — 10 Comments

  1. When I read that story in print, I actually thought of you!
    My unusual name sob story is that the name is famous locally (my response when people ask is “close enough for the name – but not for the money” – although I should be getting dividend checks since my family was involved at the beginning) But outside of a 50-75 mile radius, my name is butchered

  2. How about those of us who don’t use our first names at all (hate them, aren’t called by that name, etc.) and use first initial, middle name? First, most sorry-*ss software doesn’t allow for that (or for anyone’s apostrope’d, spaced or hyphenated names either). Second, some entities insist they have the name anyway, and I absolutely refuse to give it to them. (We actually refused to sign our closing documents once because they screwed up our names–both mine and his.) And then they sell their mail list and I start getting all kinds of junk mail under a name I don’t like and don’t use. And then add the fact that our last name varies from an incredibly famous last name by only one letter, so everyone (including my @#$%*! brother) spells it wrong. (He hit the Trifecta and got both the stupid and the lazy genes.)

    It makes for some really interesting junk mail. They’re trying to act like they know you and they just use those programs that grab your first name and say “Dear M.” Hah!

  3. @me again: well, L. Ron Hubbard, that is your choice and you are an idiot. 🙂
    I know a family that uses middle names because they all have the same first and last name.
    Forget about the John Smiths of the world. I would rather have my name than John Smith

  4. Well, whatever else you can say about our last name, it’s not got a space or apostrophe. (Sam got teased about his last name for the first time at school a couple of weeks ago; I was sympathetic but his dad said “Harumph, get used to it, kid.” He should know.)

  5. Actually, it wasn’t my choice. My parents gave me the first name and then decided to call me a nickname of my middle name. My husband’s parents did the same with him, so we get a double dose.

    Another reason I don’t use my first name is because that was also the name of the town tart in high school, and I wanted to distance myself so there was no confusion about who was willing to do what.