Dear Swedish Parents,
I know it's a little late to undo the damage done in the mid 70s, but for the sake of future Anglo-Saxon daters in Sweden, please try to diversify in the future.
It just makes my job all-that-much more difficult. At the moment, I am chatting with The Guy with the Name, The Guy with the Same Name, and The Other Guy with the Same Name. I must say, it gets rather confusing, and I'm certain that one of these days, I'm gonna screw up. Big Time.
I've already almost gotten myself into trouble.
Me: "So, you grew up in Malmö, right?"
Guy with the Same Name: "No, Stockholm. I just told you that. It must be someone else who grew up in Malmö."
Gulp. Too many slip-ups like that, and I'm not going to be talking to anyone with The Name.
And then there are the phone calls. When I see "The Name" appear on my phone, I am really not sure who it is I am going to be talking to when I pick up.
Me: "Hej du!"
The Other Guy with the Same Name: "Hej hej. Should we take a fika tomorrow?"
Me: "Ummmm, sure. What were you thinking?"
Me [to myself]: Please, please, please give me some kind of clue.
The Other Guy with the Same Name: "After work. We could meet in the center."
Me [to myself]: Damn. I hope he means the center of Stockholm.
I still don't know which of the three I'm having a fika with tomorrow. Let's just hope I recognize him.
So Swedish parents, please, I implore you: get a little creative when picking your sons' given names. It would have made my life so much easier.
**Click here for a list of the most popular Swedish girls' names and boys' names in 2004.