Why do so many gay guys like the full version of their names more? Richards (not Dicks), Williams (not Bills), etc.?

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    Jun 23, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    Why is that? As for myself, my full name - Sergei - is actually shorter than the colloquial familiar Russian "Serjozha" (and much easier to pronounce in English), so i go with that.... What about you?
  • Timbales

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    Jun 23, 2009 7:30 PM GMT
    I don't go by Timothy, I prefer Tim. I detest Timmy.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 23, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    Going by the Name Joseph .... which I was called in Catholic School

    I segregate myself to my str8 friends I am Joe
    To all my gay friends they know me as Joey

    It just worked out that way icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:06 PM GMT
    My name is Sean. If anyone can come up with a shorter version of that, I'd like to hear it.
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    My parents and sisters are the only people who call me Joseph or Joey, to everyone else I just go by Joe.
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    Is this really a gay thing? icon_lol.gif

    "Dick" is sort of antiquated. I think it was a popular name in the 50's and 60's. But add to the fact that it's also a word in reference to penis. Hence, the declining popularity. I go by Rich or Richard. Either is fine by me.
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    My name is Joshua, but I've gone by Josh my whole life... why didnt my parents just name me Josh???
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 23, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    The full name is Christopher... the only time its used is through legal issues or significance. Its on my office door and on my 3 degrees and some bills but generally only those who have called me "Christopher" has been my mother (and a girlfriend or two).
    My cousin calls me by my middle name, since its my father's middle name as well. Most just call me "Chris".
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    i go by my full name, but i have no idea why- its just what i've always been called and i've never questioned it. it suites me.
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    Meh, in the UK I went by my full name, and in France, well, I still do.

    It's only my parents that actually shorten it.
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:37 PM GMT
    jcones80 saidMy name is Joshua, but I've gone by Josh my whole life... why didnt my parents just name me Josh???


    This is something I tell my friends who are search for kid's name all the time : they were covering their bases if you wanted to become president (or in fact any high responsibility/power position).

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    Jun 23, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    I am Malcolm or Malc but never ever Mal. I don't mind either.

    One of my older brothers has recently for some reason started calling me Malcy which I loathe even though he doesn't know I hate it, yet.
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
    My parents gave me a full first name but only called me by the short version. I don't like either the full or the shortened so I go by my last name as my first name.

    The parents and old friends still call me by the shortened first name, but I've outgrown it and they don't seem to notice. Also, people that only know me by my name call me by my first name pretending to know me. I don't correct them. When they get to know me, they'll know what I go by.

    As for other gays, perhaps they feel the need to fully assert who they are, so a fuller name suits them. That's all armchair conjecture.
  • jrs1

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    Jun 23, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    RunWithMe saidMy name is Sean. If anyone can come up with a shorter version of that, I'd like to hear it.


    um ... you could easily go by: " Se, " as in see.

    and my full first name usually means I'm in trouble. icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 23, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    I go by Doug, never Douglas, and I don't answer at all to Dougie or Doogie.
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    Jun 23, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    Robby, Rob or Shaneequa. Never Robert, Bob or Bobby. Those are my uncles and grandfather.
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    Jun 23, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    Would a gay man really want to be called Dick?

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    Jun 23, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    When I was young I thought that my full name including my
    middle and last name sound very stuffy.
    So I shortened my first name when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade.
    Now that I'm older I like my first name. Still hate the middle
    name though. Won't budge on that. My family still calls me by my
    shortened name. Which confuses my friends. They think
    my full first name is something that I've created just to be... " different." icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 23, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    my name is michael, thats why i go by michael. my name is not mike, and only 2 girls i have known i allowed to call me Mikey.

    i have numerous nick names, but i wont respond to anyone who doesnt call me michael. if anyone calls me mike, i will correct them and tell them my name is michael

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    Jun 23, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
    I have always been called Kristoffer as child. I will answer to both but if asked I always say Kristoffer. I also go by my middle name as well Dana.
  • DCEric

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    Jun 23, 2009 11:51 PM GMT
    Plenty of people call me Air, not Eric. So... yeah.
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    Jun 24, 2009 12:01 AM GMT
    Lostboy saidWould a gay man really want to be called Dick?



    or Rich, it's just an example. I aked the question because I meet A LOT of Davids, Williams, Josephs, Andrew's, Christophers and Christians, et al., and I get corrected a lot for shortening the names. I guess it's a cultural thing that I am not plugged into...
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    Jun 24, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    I'm Matthew .. but go by Matt.. and most women like calling me Matty.. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 24, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    Lostboy saidWould a gay man really want to be called Dick?



    IT'S BETTER THAN COCKicon_wink.gif
  • Klutch84

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    Jun 24, 2009 12:37 AM GMT
    My name is Brian but everybody either calls me "B" or "Shaqueece" (don't ask...)