What's In A Name...

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What's In A Name...

 

What's In A Name...  Although not as common as some, I have a fairly common name and throughout my life I have seen the evolution of my name along with the person attached to it. 

 

For a while, I was Mikey.  Thankfully that was a short-lived period of time...it pretty much ended once I started speaking and could say   STOP.  No more Mikey.   There are a few friends who call me Mikey but I think that says more about them than it does about me. 

 

I became Mike as I began school because it was easier to write although it remained common to hear "Michael" at home.  You know:  Miiiiiiiiichaaaaaael!!! That name seemed to stretch and magically became three or four syllables long. 

 

My first adult job required answering the phone with my name.  Mike Jacobs seemed to work just fine and that extended for many decades.  Upon receiving my state of California real estate license and hanging with a broker - my given name was to be used for business purposes so I used Michael Jacobs in advertising, correspondence and other things real-estate related.  At times there seemed to be a bit of a "name collision" taking place.  People who called me Mike and others who called me Michael.  I could even play a bit of a game - where did that person "know me from?.   Anyway....I wonder and then I digress. 

 

Way back before real estate there was a time when I had a job with people reporting to me. I remember an incident.  One of my employees had a young son who occasionally came in and visited.  I remember one day he asked me if I was the same Michael Jacobs he saw mentioned on a favorite television show of his.  I laughed a bit and said no, that's not me.  But it got me thinking...confusion over names is relatively easy.   Imagine if my name was John Smith or any of the more common names we encounter?    

 

Fast forward to real estate times.....  I was a new agent and I was hosting an open house event for another agent.  I heard a car outside come screeching to a stop.  The car door opened and then slammed.  The person exited his car and rushed in and asked me "where did you get those signs?" in reference to the directional open house signs I had placed.  I think I told him the name of the vendor.  It seemed like an odd request/statement.  "Not that" he responded - how did you get Michael's signs?  Well, that's my name.  "No, it can't be".  I assured him who I was.  This guy was obviously no "real friend" because the last name of this Michael was  spelled differently.  By the way, the screeching car guy was a real estate agent too.  Yes, I do remember him. 

 

Years later, I was at the pharmacy picking up a prescription.  It seems there are two Michael Jacobs at the same pharmacy and the tech almost gave me the other guy's order.  A real OMG moment.  

 

So you see, things can occur when you don't get that name exactly right...  The signs are all around us....Be Alert.

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com

 

 

What's In A Name...

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Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - when that dinner bell rings late there is likely to be trouble...  

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS - "whatever works" indeed.  

Roy Kelley - in my life, I have noticed the importance of that first initial in a name --- maybe there's a mysterious element to it.  

Nov 20, 2019 05:52 PM #26
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Michael Jacobs
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Grant Schneider - is it a trend or is the phenomenon similar when you purchase a new car and see lots of the same model.  

Kathy Streib - I remember having a similar conversation when growing up.  My younger sister Cindy has a sister-in-law Cindy.  In the beginning, my sister was Little Cindy and her older sister-in-law was Big Cindy.  We used to wonder would the name change ever take place.  So far no change...

Nov 20, 2019 05:59 PM #27
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Hi Michael, Names are very interesting - and many of them are the same or similar.  I have never really been mistaken for the Bob Crane from Hogan's Heroes.

Nov 20, 2019 06:30 PM #28
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Michael Jacobs
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Bob Crane - good point!

Nov 20, 2019 06:33 PM #29
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Lottie Kendall
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It's nice having a rather unusual name, Lottie. Not too many of us around, so name recognition seems to stick.

Nov 20, 2019 09:24 PM #30
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James Dray
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Morning Michael.

We have 5 James Dray's in our family, I understand how things can get messed up

Nov 21, 2019 02:13 AM #33
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Michael Jacobs
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Lottie Kendall - is there a Lottie club?  A secret handshake?  

James Dray - your family tree "runneth over".  

Nov 21, 2019 06:21 AM #34
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I've always liked the name Michael. And you, like me, have the two first name, names. Michael Jacob(s)  and Debbra Jane(s) - I get called Jane quite often by new acquaintances. And often people see James, not Janes. Always fun with my appointments and medical records.  And, morphing from Debby, to Debbra, and often Debb, was a necessity. Cannot handle the name Debby - sounds like a gal pal in a Gidget beach movie.   Finally, there is only one Michael Jacobs in my book, regardless of the imposters running around in the world. 

Nov 22, 2019 09:17 AM #35
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I have a cousin Debi(born Debora).  I appreciate your Gidget gal pal reference, it made me smile as did the reference of sorts to two first names.  Upon first time meetings, dinner reservations and things my name seems to morph into Marc Jacobs at times ---- sorry not famous nor that talented....

Nov 22, 2019 09:39 AM #36
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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My family still calls me Becky. When I met my husband, he preferred to call me Rebecca... and I like it better.

Nov 22, 2019 08:12 PM #37
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Michael Jacobs
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® - I remember some Beckys in my past...since I have lost contact with them I have no idea if they transformed into Rebecca.  It seems to have worked out well for you.  

Nov 23, 2019 09:07 AM #38
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I married into a common name and to one who is a native Charlottean and whose family has lived here for nearly a century. That, thankfully, doesn't cause confusion with my name but, because my husband shares his father's same name, like you, we had issues at the pharmacy and do still receive mail intended for him.

He graduated from both Princeton and Harvard and the alumni calls are still quite regular too!  

Nov 24, 2019 09:11 PM #39
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Michael Jacobs
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - you obviously understand the confusion factor that can be problematic.  

Nov 24, 2019 09:37 PM #40
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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First of all, Michael suits you well and I don't think I could call you anything else. Both my maiden name and my last name have six letters and people always buchered them up. But because of the variations to my first name, I have been called everything you can imagine. Pat, Patti, Patty, Paddy, Patsy, Tricia, Trish, Patricia, Peppermint Patty, and a few others I don't care to mention. Oddly enough, I still get asked, why do you tell everyone your name is Patricia? My answer is because it is my name.

I had a cousin named Diane Novak - she was so in love with herself she honestly found a guy with the same last name to get the name and then divorced him and kept the last name the same. Isn't that crazy!

To answer the question, "What's in name?" This guy Michael Jacobs taught me this a long time ago. He said, "It all depends!"

Nov 25, 2019 09:15 AM #41
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts on "What's in a Name?"

Nov 25, 2019 01:48 PM #42
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Michael Jacobs
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - that's a bit of an unique insight  into your cousin's history.

Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900 - thank you for the comment.  

Nov 25, 2019 02:13 PM #43
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It must be kind of challenging having a name shared with others.  Maybe you could use your middle initial more often if that helps.

Nov 25, 2019 07:35 PM #44
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Michael Jacobs
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - that would be a possibility.

Nov 25, 2019 07:52 PM #45
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Sharon Tara
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My daughter's name is Ashley Tara. My son married an Ashley...she is also now Ashley Tara. There have been more than one mix up at the pharmacy. They no longer live in the same town...actually different states now...so at least that part of the confusion is over.

 

Dec 01, 2019 12:46 PM #46
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Sharon Tara - my sister has a sister-in-law with the same name.  

Dec 01, 2019 06:48 PM #47
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