Everyone knows how difficult it can be to get an original email address, Twitter handle or username these days. And that’s if you have a bog-standard, everyday name.
But can you imagine sharing your name with Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams or Will Smith?
All of which are, in essence, perfectly ‘normal’ names. Not only would it be impossible to get any sort of online presence, can you imagine the constant source of disappointment you would be to restaurant staff after making a booking over the phone?
You may remember* the scene from the 1994 black comedy Office Space, which sums up the struggle perfectly.
“Michael Bolton? Is that your real name?”
*If you don’t remember, get it watched immediately. It’s very funny.*
Imagine that, but every single day of your life. Phoning British Gas is bad enough as it is, without having to go through that rigmarole every time.
For these non-famous people with famous names, the struggle is real…
Being a man called Taylor Swift would have been nothing out of the ordinary. No big deal. Until around 2008 when a Seattle man had his name and identity hijacked by one of the world’s most successful pop stars.
Not only does sharing his name with pop royalty make it impossible for his photography business to appear in any Google searches, the male Taylor Swift has also been forced to change his email address. As you can imagine, email@example.com doesn’t exactly go unnoticed.
Emails saying things like, “Dear Taylor Swift, I just want to say you are an inspiration to many young girls”; “Dear Taylor, I am your biggest fan ever” and “You are a great singer and beautiful,” pop up constantly with the photographer saying he has a folder containing hundreds of them.
“It’s a great confidence booster,” Taylor told Fox 29. “It’s like endless amounts of “You’re beautiful, you’re so talented, you’re a great role model, you have a beautiful voice, and here I am just like, ‘Oh, thank you!”
Swift has added his middle name Adam onto all his social media accounts, to try and save confusion.
If you think that having the same name as a department store isn’t quite as big time as having the same name as one of the most successful pop stars of all time, then think again.
Meet John Lewis, the man from Virginia who receives an interesting selection of enquiries and complaints throughout the calendar year, ranging from interiors to fashion, from people who mistake him for the giant retailer.
Unsurprisingly, Mr Lewis’s Twitter account blows up every festive season. Especially when the much-hyped Christmas advert makes its first appearance…
Why couldn't my parents have named me Betascandilifous Hornblatorium? It would have been so much easier.
— John Lewis (@johnlewis) October 18, 2015
Take note guys, if you don’t like what they’ve done with the man on the moon, tell @johnlewsretail about it. (Or tweet this man, and await his more-than-likely-brilliant response).
— John Lewis (@johnlewis) September 28, 2015
— Kirsty Jade❤️ (@itskirstyjade1) November 8, 2015
— John Lewis (@johnlewis) November 8, 2015
In fairness, John Lewis did at least offer him some compensation for his polite (and hilarious) efforts.
Hi @johnlewis – thanks so much for all your efforts directing people to us. We'd love to send you a gift. Please can you DM us your address?
— John Lewis (@johnlewisretail) November 10, 2013
Why your parents would name you after Queen Bea is beyond comprehension. You’re basically setting your child up for constant comparison and – let’s just face it – it’s hard to come out top of that one.
Although, it could be worse. This woman isn’t named after anyone famous. But she does have the surname Boob…
It’s one thing being named after an international superstar but what about being named after a faded ’80s actor known for his roles in films like The Goonies and Stand by Me. At least nobody would actually think that Taylor Adam Swift was actually Taylor Swift. Because he’s a man. And she’s mega famous.
Fed up of receiving misguided enquiries, this American writer employs the straight up tagline on his website: “The writer. Not an ’80s actor.”
Feldman is in the process of writing his first children’s book and told the Huffington Post:
“I worry I might lose sales if they see the name on the cover. He [the real Feldman] doesn’t really come across as the sensitive children’s author type.”
He did however admit that sharing a famous name wasn’t all bad as searches like “I hate Corey Feldman” often directed people to his website, increasing his blog views.
Although not spelled the same, making bookings for table reservations over the phone as Celina Gomez must be a doddle. As long as you’re able to cope with the inevitable looks of disappointment from the waiting staff upon your arrival, that is.
Although the self-employed photographer of the same name may have been helped in business by her memorable moniker, she has had to start screening her calls as she receives many from people looking for the ‘real’ Selena.
“I’m assuming that my phone number must have been published on a fan site,” she told the Huffington Post. “I was getting a lot of calls from screaming girls.”
Having a famous name is a common problem
Think that’s bad? What about being named after a porn star
Although there are positives to be found in everything
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