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Common First Names

Many people have noticed I sometimes give people (or characters) strange (occasionally funny) nicknames. Well here’s to some justification, straight from Wolfram Alpha’s analysis of several thousand Facebook friends – common names:

Laura/Lauren 26
Sarah 19
Liz/Elizabeth 17
Katie/Katherine 16
Emily 13

Chris/Christopher 19
Mike/Michael 19
John 16
Matt/Matthew 16
Ben/Benjamin 14
Dan/Daniel 14
Dave/David 13
Brian 13

So, chances are if you have one of these names I’m probably going to have to make something more unique up for you. Sorry!