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The Pros And Cons Of Being Named Dan

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Being named Dan is pretty cool.

I won't say there's no struggles associated with it, but for the most part, the pros outweigh the cons.

The most common nickname you get is kinda awesome.

It makes you feel like the star of an action-packed TV show.
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It makes you feel like the star of an action-packed TV show.

If you grew up in the 80's, friends might have called you "Daniel-San" for a while.

"Wax on, wax off."

And that's pretty cool.

And that's pretty cool.

But some dumb jerks could have just as easily called you "Danielle".


Real clever.

People often start singing "Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling..." to you. You're practically an honorary Irishman.

Nothing wrong with that.

Nothing wrong with that.

Unfortunately, people also sing you the bridge of Chumbawamba's lame 1997 single, "Tubthumping"

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"danny boy...... danny boy..... DANNY boyyyyyyyyy"

"The Shining" is even scarier for you than everyone else.

"...forever... and ever.... and ever..."
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"...forever... and ever.... and ever..."

Sometimes when people say "Damn!" it sounds like they're saying your name.

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Sometimes people mistakenly think your name is "Don"


When you type "Dan" into Google Image, you are confronted with an array of overwhelmingly dorky representatives of your name.


But there's enough famous bad-ass Dans to keep the rest of us feeling cool.

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Oddly enough, there's been 19 U.S. Senators named Daniel.... and not one of them ever became President.

Are we underachieving overachievers?Or overachieving underachievers?
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Are we underachieving overachievers?

Or overachieving underachievers?

If you have a sibling, the old Elton John song "Daniel My Brother" will always bring them to tears.

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Some friends probably suggested you go see this movie, or maybe took a photo of you standing in front of the poster.

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If you happened to be into dinosaurs as a kid, this book was amazing.

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This book too.

Puffin Books

If you grew up in the UK you had two comic-book "Dans" as heroes.

Dan Dare & Desparate Dan

Overall, being named Dan is just fine. The struggles are minor. So, in conclusion, take the advice of one of the greatest Dans of all time:

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