If you grew up with a name some would deem as "difficult to pronounce," had one with its own unique spelling, or your name was once referenced in pop culture, then you can definitely relate to the internet's newest trending hashtag -- #GrowingUpWithMyName.
The hashtag went viral on Tuesday after thousands of Twitter users realized they've all shared the same woes when it came to growing up with unique names. And as a result, they were all taken on an impromptu trip down memory lane.
They reminisced on the horrifically corny "jokes" and comments people made:
"i got a date with destiny" "i guess you can say it's destiny we met" "you are my destiny" #growingupwithmyname— destiny (@matthealy) June 28, 2016
When your real name is shakira so everyone asks if your hips don't lie #GrowingUpWithMyName— kira (@darkease) June 28, 2016
They were reminded that people would never let them forget their names were mentioned in film or on TV:
Teachers making Star Trek jokes left and right. White people thinking i'd like and trust them without a trial period. #GrowingUpWithMyName— Captain Kirk (@ILLCapitano94) June 28, 2016
"Where's Romeo" #GrowingUpWithMyName— Juliette (@juliettemariaa) June 28, 2016
"Hey, Victoria, what's your secret?" #growingupwithmyname— Victoria/V.E. Schwab (@veschwab) June 28, 2016
They were reminded that growing up, name souvenirs were not happening:
Key chains with my name on it do not exist and are not on this planet #GrowingUpWithMyName— Chantelle Leon (@ChantelleKLeon) June 28, 2016
#growingupwithmyname let's talk about the struggle of not being able to find a souvenir with my name on it— ges (@Gessi_A) June 28, 2016
They recalled how people sometimes expected them to have stereotypical names:
#GrowingUpWithMyName 🙃🙃— Billy Cortez (@billycortez01) June 28, 2016
Ppl: "billy joe"
Me: "that's really my middle name"
Ppl: "you're lying?!"
Ppl: "but your Mexican?"
They also remembered, sometimes, people didn't even try:
Hearing: Uh.... I'm probably gonna mess this up so correct me if I'm wrong " knowing your name is probably next 🙄 #GrowingUpWithMyName— KaePac✨ (@pslovekameo) June 28, 2016
#GrowingUpWithMyName— J (@YOURERAClST) June 28, 2016
getting asked if i can be called [insert nickname here] because my name is "too hard"
And in that case, some remembered just taking matters into their own hands:
But despite the frustration, they also remembered, at times, it wasn't so bad:
"Whooooaaaaa your name is so cool I've never seen it spelled like that before!!!" (I enjoy the reactions every time) #GrowingUpWithMyName— Krystyna K (@krystynak_) June 28, 2016
What are some of your most memorable experiences growing up with a unique name? Let us know in the comments below!
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