May 18th, 2009

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Writer's Block: Same Name

Have you ever met or known someone who has the same name as you (first and last) but is not a relative?
I know OF several people with my name, some famous, and at least one whose criminal activities have caused me trouble.  I've had to prove I wasn't one who had skipped a court appearance, when I was told I couldn't vote.  He had my name, my age (born a few days after me), and had lived one street over from me.

There's at least one person with my name in any field I'd want to be notable in, so if I want to make a name for myself, it'll have to be an alias, or I'd have to legally change my name.  Technically, I can legally use any name I want as long as it's not for fraud, but it would be a pain convincing everyone to recognize it.