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
They were reminded that people would never let them forget their names were mentioned in film or on TV:
When your real name is shakira so everyone asks if your hips don't lie #GrowingUpWithMyName
— kira (@darkease) June 28, 2016
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:
— Felicia (@LostFelicia) June 28, 2016
Key chains with my name on it do not exist and are not on this planet #GrowingUpWithMyName
— Chantelle Leon (@ChantelleKLeon) June 28, 2016
They recalled how people sometimes expected them to have stereotypical names:
#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 also remembered, sometimes, people didn't even try:
Ppl: "billy joe"
Me: "that's really my middle name"
Ppl: "you're lying?!"
Ppl: "but your Mexican?"
— Billy Cortez (@billycortez01) June 28, 2016
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
getting asked if i can be called [insert nickname here] because my name is "too hard"
— J (@YOURERAClST) June 28, 2016
— Harry Styles (@AllTheLoveRM) June 28, 2016
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:
— Clean, but opulent (@LadyOnTheMuna) June 28, 2016
— titilola. (@__kemi) June 28, 2016
"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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Noa Original spelling: Noah Noah has been the top baby boy name in the U.S. for the past three years. But with unisex baby names trending, Noah has been gaining traction with girls. In fact, Billy Ray Cyrus named his daughter Noah in 2000. So before Noah becomes insanely popular for girls, try Noa. Spelling the name without the ‘h’ gives it a sweet and feminine appeal. And here’s a fun fact: Noa is a popular girls name in Spain and the Netherlands.
Alys Original spelling: Alice We love this variation of Alice because it has a more modern, edgy feel, but still has the same soft sound. We admit that this baby name spelling might be a little too out there for some parents, but that is the point, after all.
Emilie Original spelling: Emily The name Emily is so common that it has inspired a surprising amount of interesting spellings, including Emaly, Emaleigh and Emmely. Despite this, our favourite by far is Emilie. This is actually the German and Scandinavian version of Emily and we hope to see more of it in Canada!
Jaida Original spelling: Jada The name Jada is feminine in itself, but adding an ‘i’ to it gives it an even more feminine feel. This unique twist is definitely not as common as Jada, which is one of the reasons why we love it so much.
Aubreigh Original spelling: Aubrey Seeing names ending in –eigh is becoming more common. But while some monikers look just plain odd, others look far sweeter. Enter Aubreigh. While we love the original spelling of this name, we have to admit that Aubreigh has a very charming, down-to-earth appeal.
Eryn Original spelling: Erin We love how changing one letter in a name can give off a completely different feel. While Erin is strong and classic, Eryn gives off a more relaxed, happy-go-lucky vibe.
Zahra Original spelling: Zara Zahra is actually an abbreviated version of Zahara, but we love its unique spelling variation on Zara. The silent ‘h’ is a small tweak, but makes the name look more visually interesting. This spelling is also cultural, with Arabic, Egyptian and African roots. It can mean “flower” or “brilliant, bright.”
Reyna Original spelling: Raina The original spelling of this beautiful name, which means “queen,” is very feminine. For parents who prefer a spelling with a more neutral tone, try Reyna, which is just as strong and charming. Plus, its nickname Rey, which means “king,” is a trendy unisex moniker that will grow well with your baby girl. (Thank you, Star Wars.)
Aden Original spelling: Aiden / Aidan We love the simplicity of this name. While it is a simplified version of Aiden, it still holds the same meaning: little and fiery.
Joziah Original spelling: Josiah Adding a ‘z’ to any name automatically gives it a cool factor, and Joziah is no exception. This spelling gives the name a trendy and energetic vibe, which we love.
Rylie Original spelling: Riley Since Riley is a trendy unisex name, parents may want to differentiate their name choice with this spelling: Rylie. It captures the name’s spirited vibe and playfulness without going overboard.
Gryphon Original spelling: Griffin This strong Welsh moniker is also the name of the mythological creature that is half eagle, half lion. While Griffin is the common spelling, Gryphon is a far more memorable and fiercer variation, perhaps because it is the traditional name of the legendary animal.
Aleksander Original spelling: Alexander This Polish name is a fantastic moniker to give to a little boy. We love it's strength and uniqueness and its nickname Alek is sophisticated, too.
Rohnin Original spelling: Ronin / Ronan Spelling Ronin with an ‘h’ gives the moniker a more regal feel. We love that this spelling makes the name look so strong and historical.
Caiden / Kaiden Original spelling: Caden / Kaden According to Nameberry, Caden and Kaden are modern invented names. Nonetheless, adding an ‘i’ automatically dresses up these names and adds more unique visual interest. We love that these spelling variations are also both very warm and charming.
Josef Original spelling: Joseph The Danish Josef is a great choice for those who want something distinct. This spelling variation is more relaxed, but still refined.