How would you feel about a guy who has a fairly common name and introduces himself socially as...

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    Dec 18, 2010 7:52 PM GMT
    Either just his common first and last name or uses his middle name, too?

    Like "David Scott" vs. "David Meerman Scott" ( ignore that it's a famous name, just using it for the concept)

    Hi. I'm David Scott.

    Hi. I'm David Meerman Scott.

    Remember, I am speaking socially now, like at a party.
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    Dec 18, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    Caslon17000 saidEither just his common first and last name or uses his middle name, too?

    Like "David Scott" vs. "David Meerman Scott" ( ignore that it's a famous name, just using it for the concept)

    Hi. I'm David Scott.

    Hi. I'm David Meerman Scott.

    Remember, I am speaking socially now, like at a party.



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    Dec 18, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    I would ask him if he's British. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    Comes off as a little pretentious. Meerman-Scott would be his hypenated surname would it?
    You know like the Brits like to do.. add a Rhys- in front of their surname to make it more posh.
    ie;
    Hi. I'm Carl Rhys-Yablonscki

  • DCEric

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    Dec 18, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    First and last name. Is more than enough, unless you are John Smith.
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidComes off as a little pretentious. Meerman-Scott would be his hypenated surname would it?
    You know like the Brits like to do.. add a Rhys- in front of their surname to make it more posh.
    ie;
    Hi. I'm Carl Rhys-Yablonscki


    Meerman is jus middle name. Not two last names with a hyphen.
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:10 PM GMT
    Usually I feel somewhat sorry for them, but I suppose it depends on the circumstances.

    Many of my nieces friends do this, because they have hyphenated last names (big hippie enclave around here.) Of course, most of their names are something along the lines of "Moonbeam-Assana Walters-Bernstein" or the like. (I suspect that when they come of age, many of these kids will have their names legally changed to something like "Bill Smith.")

    There were two guys in my high school who were always referred to with their middle initials, because they had the same first and last names.

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    Dec 18, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
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    Caslon17000 saidEither just his common first and last name or uses his middle name, too?

    Like "David Scott" vs. "David Meerman Scott" ( ignore that it's a famous name, just using it for the concept)

    Hi. I'm David Scott.

    Hi. I'm David Meerman Scott.

    Remember, I am speaking socially now, like at a party.



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    Dec 18, 2010 8:13 PM GMT
    DCEric saidFirst and last name. Is more than enough, unless you are John Smith.

    ok what if he were John Smith. How would you feel about John Meerman Smith.

    Hi. I'm John Meerman Smith.
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    Depends on the circle you're in.

    When younger I was predominantly introduced by First Name Middle Name of the (insert city) "Smith's"

    If your friend like to use his full name more power to him.


    edit: Dec 19 - happened last night an event.... nothing like Xmas to bring back the horrors of childhood.

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    Dec 18, 2010 8:22 PM GMT
    Every time someone uses the formal or full part of their name...Michael, David, Robert, Samuel, etc., I use the short form. Pisses alot of guys off.icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:27 PM GMT
    Caslon17000 saidEither just his common first and last name or uses his middle name, too?

    Like "David Scott" vs. "David Meerman Scott" ( ignore that it's a famous name, just using it for the concept)

    Hi. I'm David Scott.

    Hi. I'm David Meerman Scott.

    Remember, I am speaking socially now, like at a party.





    I know someone who does that (introduces himself using all 3 names).
    It sounds very odd, especially when the overwhelming majority of gay men introduce themselves using only the first name.
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:29 PM GMT
    MarriedAdam saidEvery time someone uses the formal or full part of their name...Michael, David, Robert, Samuel, etc., I use the short form. Pisses alot of guys off.icon_eek.gif


    LOL. I do the same. So pretentious. If someone introduced themselves as Johnathon David Smith IV, I would say, "Nice to meet you John (or Johnny)."
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    If they're introducing themselves how do you know it's their first/last or first/middle name? My name is Paul-Ryan (just my first name) when I introduce myself people almost always shorten it to Paul under the assumption that it's my first/last. Inevitably I have to correct them unless I don't think I'll be talking/seeing them ever again...

    Just kind of a point on the assumptions you're making when you first meet someone...

    Paul-Ryan
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    Pretentious as hell.icon_lol.gif

    I am conditoned though to address someone exactly as they introduce themselves (it is not common practise in Canadian culture to shorten someone's name, as Americans seem to do.

    So I would be forever calling him "David Meerman." until he specifically told me otherwise. icon_rolleyes.gif




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    Dec 18, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    NYMan saidIf they're introducing themselves how do you know it's their first/last or first/middle name? My name is Paul-Ryan (just my first name) when I introduce myself people almost always shorten it to Paul under the assumption that it's my first/last. Inevitably I have to correct them unless I don't think I'll be talking/seeing them ever again...

    Just kind of a point on the assumptions you're making when you first meet someone...

    Paul-Ryan


    That is what I mean. You would likely find in Canada people would call you Paul-Ryan
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    Bond...James Bond...lol icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 18, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    I think it would be a little odd if a guy introduced himself with his middle name. Even at non-social parties, like business mixers, it's been just a first name basis.
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    Dec 18, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    Caslon17000 saidEither just his common first and last name or uses his middle name, too?

    Like "David Scott" vs. "David Meerman Scott" ( ignore that it's a famous name, just using it for the concept)

    Hi. I'm David Scott.

    Hi. I'm David Meerman Scott.

    Remember, I am speaking socially now, like at a party.


    Your first and last name ....period......
  • Vaughn

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    Dec 18, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    Vaughn, just Vaughn. No one says my last name, there is no need for it. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 18, 2010 9:15 PM GMT
    Some people's parents give them a double first name. Are you sure that's not what it is?

    I use my full formal name on all written documents, so a lot of people address me by my formal first name at the least, unless they've met me socially when it's just the short first name. Otherwise, I think it would be douche-y to introduce myself with some faux posh name. In Europe, I can even make it aristocratic by adding back the "von". lol
  • UVaRob9

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    Dec 18, 2010 9:23 PM GMT
    Most of the time, I introduce myself as Robert only because when I say Rob, it becomes Ron or Rod.
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    Dec 18, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    I just introduce myself as Paul. The name may be common, but they quickly figure out that I'm not. icon_wink.gif
  • JDean

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    Dec 18, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    I have a really generic name, i think I'm' only outdone by John smith. I just go by JD to give my name a little bit of memorability