Tuesday, 2 December 2008

What's in a name?

My surname is very common, my first name is not, and if you type my full name into Facebook you'll only find 9 matches. In fact, if you type my name into google most of the results that come up are to do with me (but not the poetry, that's definitely not mine!).

So imagine my surprise when I tuned into Holby City (a medical drama for those not from the UK) on BBC 1 tonight to find that one of the 'extra' characters had EXACTLY the same name as me!

It's really quite disconcerting to watch your name-doppelganger slip into a coma while the doctors desperately shout her name and try to save her!

How about you? Have you ever watched a TV programme/film/play where a character has the same first and last name as you? Did you find it a bit freaky or am I on my own on this one?

10 comments:

KayJay said...

Yup. Mine's not that common either (at least in most parts of the world), but there's a very well-known series of horror movies with a heroine who shares my name. Hearing my name screamed by a succession of demons/dying people is enough to give anyone nightmares! Quite funny too, though...

HelenMH said...

Helen is such a common name that I'm always reading and seeing things with that name. And, of course, my whole name turns up in the credits of a fair few films, TV shows. I'm quite used to a little initial silence on the end of the phone when I tell people my name. Or people thinking they're the first one to say 'Snogged Mel Gibson lately'?!

Jumbly Girl said...

If my full name popped up in a film or TV programme it would have to a script writer taking the mickey. Although my first name is common as muck - it was the most popular girl's name the year I was born-, my surname was made-up by my grandad so there are very few of us around. Still I suppose it could happen - me, I'd be looking at the character and thinking - why did the writer think she suited that name? (especially if said character was homicidal maniac or some such).

Captain Black said...

I'm the other way around: Common forename, not so common surname. At the time of writing, there are four Google hits, two of them for profiles on faceache but neither of them are really me.

My "handle" name, on the other hand, has loads of Google hits.

Lane said...

That must have been weird!
Googling my name only comes up with a guy who has my name but back to front - poor chap:-)

Lily Sheehan said...

My 2nd name is way strange (my real one that is - sheehan is my fellas surname) but I do often get asked if Im related to some footballer who I have never heard of just because its not a common name. My first name was never very common growing up but im hearing it more and more these days.

Tam said...

If you google me you get a few references to me but mostly to a PhD Eco-science babe from some far flung place. My goal is to eclipse her publication references someday :-)

On Facebook there is another me and I am friends with her. She lives in New Zealand and it's quite disconcerting to see your own name appearing as befriending someone you've never heard of!!

Debs said...

At school there were always at least two of me (as it were) in every class) and there are five mothers with my forename in my daughter's class. Surname common too!

Paige said...

Well, my first name isn't all that common but there are a few of 'us' about. (And funnily enough all are brunettes, never seen a blonde one!)

My surname on the otherhand is a little on the unusual side. So I don't see it anywhere! People pronounce it wrong and it gets on my nerves. I've been told it's a very chick lit-y name and therefore suitable for a chick lit writer! WOoo!

I think it would be very strange to see or hear my name anywhere. I've googled me and nothing comes up (thank god!) And there's only one 'me' in Facebook.

Juliette M said...

Cal - nope, my name is way too uncommon for anyone to use it. It would weird me out excessively though to see it in print or on TV.


Fionnuala - Fionnuala Kearney might appear on Ballykissangel or something. Hopefully not Father Ted ;)