We are all born with unique names. We can’t really choose what our name should be because when we are born, our parents think of our first names and would also give us their last names. I’m sure many of us have been bullied maybe not because of our first names, but surely with our last names! We would think that as we get older, these peals of laughter would die down after we say our last names but still, we still get laughed at.
this is without a doubt the best thing that's ever happened to me pic.twitter.com/rnVkmhB2dy
— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) August 28, 2018
Some people might be okay with the jokes about their names but others would put their foot down at anyone who is making fun of it. Our surnames are unique because they are used to identify our family and our ancestors which is why joking about last names can be disrespectful and rude for other people. One of the most popular examples was from 2014 when a man from Canada was forced to change his personalized license plate because for others, it is socially unacceptable. Why? His license plate was his last name: GRABHER.
Another last name issue happened to be shared online when a woman named Natalie Weiner went viral when she shared her experience when she tried to sign up for an account on a website. She posted a screenshot of her Tweet of what exactly what happened. She captioned it, “This is without a doubt the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
According to her, she had been trying to make an account on MaxPreps, a website that posts high school sports scores. She then tagged MaxPreps on a tweet saying, “@MaxPreps help my name is too offensive for your site,” which was then responded by MaxPreps telling her to use “W” on her surname for the meantime while they unblock her account which would take a few days to take effect.
Natalie’s tweet went viral and it accumulated over 80,000 Likes and more than 17,000 replies in just two days! She discovered that she is not the only one having problems with her last name. Surprisingly, her tweet started a thread where other people also voiced out their frustrations with their last names. Here are some of the replies from other people who definitely know how she feels with her last name:
“I get this a lot surprisingly,” – Kyle Medick
“As a person named James Butts, I know these problems.” – James
“The hardest…” – Steve Suconcock
“I don’t have any idea what this is like…” – Steve Cox
“As a Dickman, I know the struggle is real.” – Mike Dickman
Two different men who have the same names, Matt Cummings, also related to Natalie’s tweet. The first Matt Cummings said, “Been there,” while the other one replied with a gif of Tom Hardy that says, “Oh me too man.”
Unfortunately, it seems like Natalie is not the only person who is having problems with her last name! We’re pretty sure that hundreds, even thousands of people from all over the world share her last name problems.
also look (!!!!) pic.twitter.com/EbtYswxmzp
— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) September 22, 2018
It must be frustrating to have an “offensive” last name and you would have errors while creating online accounts using your REAL last name. Nevertheless, if not for their issues, this hilarious thread would not have started. Everyone is hoping that Natalie, as well as the other Weiners, Butts, Cummings, Dickmans, Suconcock, and Cox, will not have any more problems in the future.