So I was reading this nicely-written (and hilarious) article - http://www.cracked.com/article/195_7-things-good-parents-do-that-screw-up-kids-life/ According to the writer, one of the major things which screw up a kid's present and future life is a "unique" name. I really identified with it. Of course, my life is far away from "screwed up" right now, but there have been instances where I'd been pretty close to such a situation. Thing is, in my country, the name I have is ridiculously unique, something which probably only a handful of people have in the whole one-billion-strong nation. And I'm not even kidding here. As a kid, I was often bullied due to the very same reason. Adding to that, it always made me nervous around strangers (and pretty girls, ESPECIALLY pretty girls) because it'd take them a huge amount of time to get my name. 9 times out of 10, I'd have to spell it out. It contributed in a major way to my shyness and my introvert nature (Of course that "introvert nature" led me to discover rock music and become a musician, but that's a story for another day). So, did any of you guys (with "weird" names) have a similar experience, or do you guys think that I'm horribly wrong and one's name has nothing to do with how his life turns out?