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The 15 Most Difficult Struggles Of Having A Common Name

I am an individual, just like the rest of you.

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Hi. My name is Stephanie and I was born in 1985 (although it's totally weird because I'm like actually only 24????), when Stephanie was the #6 girls' name in the world. These are my struggles.

1. When there are four people with your first name in your class of 25.


When you were organising the school's classes, did it seem like a good idea to put four Stephanies in the same class, or nah?

2. When you have a number attached to your name, against your will.


I am #3 to NO ONE.

3. When you're given a nickname against your will to help differentiate between the sea of other people with your name.

Warner Bros Pictures

Nope, won't be responding to "Ando" anytime soon. No thank you.

4. When you open your first bank account and learn that there's another person with your ~exact name~ - middle name and all - in the same neighbourhood as you, born in the same year as you.


Shout-out to the other Stephanie Marie Anderson from Adelaide's western suburbs!

5. When you hear your name being called at the coffee shop, but it's not your coffee.

...or you take the wrong coffee, and find out when you're halfway back to the office that there was another Stephanie at the coffee shop who likes her coffee with 17 thousand sugars in it.

6. When you can never, ever get your name as your username for any social media.

ABC Family

Shout out to @stephanieanderson and her 12 iconic tweets.

7. When you do join social media and you realise that there are at least four other people with your full name who work in the same industry as you.

8. When you get mistakenly tagged into conversations on social media.


I don't remember interviewing anyone about politics but it looks like good work so I guess if you want to credit me for doing it then that's fine?????

9. ...or sent messages that aren't for you.


I did... what now? I'm in Texas? And I did WHAT? No, no, I don't think so, sorry wrong number byeeeeeee.

10. When you have to constantly remind people of what you actually like to be called.


Stephanie. Not Steph. Not today, not ever.

11. When you go to the doctor and they list four addresses before they get to yours.


I get it, there's lots of us.

12. When you Google search your first and last name to see that there are 63 million results.


I just want to be original omg please can I live?

13. ...and 15 million when you add in your middle name.


Me, talking to my mother.

14. When you are a beautiful, individual flower and your name does not convey that at all.

"Am I original? Am I the only one?" - Backstreet Boy questions I cannot honestly reply "yes" to, much to my dismay.

15. ...and when your name is actually awesome and you have to accept that there are many, many other awesome people out there.