Dad wants to give his child ‘common name’ so it’s harder to track them down
A man who suggested giving his child a “common name” to make them more anonymous in an increasingly online world has divided opinion among others.
The man’s wife posted online to say that she has a “somewhat uncommon” first name and has always liked the idea of naming her children in a similar fashion.
But in a conversation with her husband, he suggested picking a more commonly used name for their child (giving Oliver as an example) to “make them less findable on the internet”.
The woman says she is open to the suggestion as she liked the idea that their internet presence would be harder to find and people would struggle to find information on them through their posts online.
She wrote: “It would be nice to know people can’t look them up on social media all willynilly just because they know their name.
“My husband has an extremely common first and last name, so he’s effectively unfindable. Googling him is a waste of time.
“I don’t know, it might actually be a gift to just be a Thomas Smith or Emily Roberts.”
Some people agreed with the idea, as one talking from personal experience said: “I have a 100% unique name (three common names that no one else has the exact combo of); if you google it or search it on public records, there’s only me.
“So all my personal profiles are in a different, more common version of my name.
“According to my IT prof, this makes you an extremely easy target for hacking and identity theft. It can also be helpful to have the same name as other people so when you’re applying for jobs, schools, etc. Your profiles on social media aren’t as easily found.”
But some argued there were cons of having a common name too, as one said: “A very common name makes it easier for you to get mixed up with someone else, to your detriment,” adding that their husband often has other people’s details accidentally added to his credit checks due to having the same name.
And others replied to say: “This would not even factor in for me when making a decision. A better plan would be to teach your child the dangers of social media and how to avoid being able to be found easily on them.”
Following the feedback, the woman updated the post to say: “Wow, it looks like based on everyone’s experience we’re divided 50/50. Uniquely named people don’t like knowing you can find them so easily and the John Smiths don’t like the practical inconveniences and mixups that come with being one of a million.”