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13 Things That Unite People Named Declan Everywhere

You'd think it's a pretty easy name for others to grasp. You'd be wrong.

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1. 98% of the time you've had to repeat your name during introductions. "No, my name is not Decland. Or Douglas. Or Darren. Or Jack. Or Jacqueline."

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Personal experience: one time, while working in the U.S., a colleague kept calling me "Ducky", while another could only pronounce my name as "The Klan". That was awkward.

2. Then there's the vexed issue of people shortening your name. "Can I call you Decco? Deccy?"

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Just call me Dec. If you must.

3. Sometimes you get the nickname "Dexter".

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Which is pretty damn cool, actually.

4. Your mind was blown when you first learned that Elvis Costello's real name is Declan.

Has any Declan out there earned the nickname "Elvis" as a result?
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Has any Declan out there earned the nickname "Elvis" as a result?

5. You don't come across many people with the name, so it's especially strange when you discover different ways of spelling it - like Cyndi Lauper's son, Declyn.

Named after Elvis Costello (Declan McManus), it turns out.
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Named after Elvis Costello (Declan McManus), it turns out.

6. When you meet another Declan in reality, it's like:

HEY THAT GUY HAS MY NAME.

7. In the UK and Ireland, you were grateful when this easily-recognisable reference point became famous.

In the words of Bill Nighy in Love Actually, thank you Ant and/or Dec.
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In the words of Bill Nighy in Love Actually, thank you Ant and/or Dec.

Though it often does involve adding "...as in 'Ant and Dec'" to introductions.

I have a few friends named Anthony/Tony, so, naturally, this joke was deployed many times.
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I have a few friends named Anthony/Tony, so, naturally, this joke was deployed many times.

8. Then there's the unexpected thrill of hearing that a fictional creation has your name, like Matthew Goode's character in Leap Year.

Or Martin Freeman in Shaun of The Dead.

Or Connor Paolo's character in Revenge.

9. Growing up pre-internet, you could NEVER find a mug with your name on it. You're still scarred by that, if you're honest.

10. And in the internet era, you have to contend with several conflicting Urban Dictionary definitions of your name.

11. It goes without saying that coffee cups suffer severe identity crises.

Dagia? Dagla? Who the fudge knows?!
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Dagia? Dagla? Who the fudge knows?!

12. And autographs can go frustratingly awry. Delecn?

(That's by Quentin Tarantino, in case you were wondering).
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(That's by Quentin Tarantino, in case you were wondering).

Though occasionally the 'slebs can get it right (I think).

(Salman Rushdie).
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(Salman Rushdie).

13. But at least I'm the only Declan in all of BuzzFeed.

WHICH MEANS I AM SPECIAL. Result.
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WHICH MEANS I AM SPECIAL. Result.