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.
If you grew up in the 80's, friends might have called you "Daniel-San" for a while.
But some dumb jerks could have just as easily called you "Danielle".
People often start singing "Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling..." to you. You're practically an honorary Irishman.
Unfortunately, people also sing you the bridge of Chumbawamba's lame 1997 single, "Tubthumping"
"The Shining" is even scarier for you than everyone else.
Sometimes when people say "Damn!" it sounds like they're saying your name.
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.
Oddly enough, there's been 19 U.S. Senators named Daniel.... and not one of them ever became President.
If you have a sibling, the old Elton John song "Daniel My Brother" will always bring them to tears.
Some friends probably suggested you go see this movie, or maybe took a photo of you standing in front of the poster.
If you happened to be into dinosaurs as a kid, this book was amazing.
This book too.
If you grew up in the UK you had two comic-book "Dans" as heroes.
Dan Dare & Desparate Dan