when your real name is shared by a porn star

The thing that inspired this post was a quick “google” or “googling” (I think that’s the term) of my name. My name, I learned, is shared by a porn star. A porn star. Though we look nothing alike, it’s weird seeing my name attached to someone with American flag tassles on her breasts.

So, what’s in a name? Surely, our names are shared by others. Surely we have no real ownership over words that we claim as our own by birth certificates and time, but our names do matter. My name was given to me by my mom.

Jessica was the name of her Italian friend’s daughter, she told me. It was the best choice of her other choices of Priscilla and Joy. Yeah. I like Jessica better. But, it’s such a common name. In school, as a child of the 80s, there was always at least one Jessica in my class, usually two.

Jessica H. is how I’d have to be identified to distinguish myself from those others. Jessica is a nice name. It’s so indistinct that it’s good for jobs, for meeting others, for…. most things.

But when a porn star has your name, too, then indistinct is a problem, kind of. Sex sells, so maybe in googling her, maybe I’ll come up and others will get to know me…or not. *sigh.

STOP.

I have been making an effort to put my real name online more, but now, I’m thinking I need to do something else?  What would you do if a porn star, criminal, etc. had your name?

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3 Responses to when your real name is shared by a porn star

  1. Hi Jessica! I honestly don’t think it would bother me unless whoever it was was is huge in their field because then they’ll always outpace in internet searches. I guess if it really bothered you you could start using your middle initial to distinguish yourself.

    I was always happy to be the only Vanessa in school and thought about that when I named my son.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Vanessa! Thanks for calming me down! How do you define “huge”? She comes up in my searches along with some others of my name. I may add my middle initial or middle name for distinction. Thank you!

      • I’d say huge would be a porn star like Jenna Jameson who people who don’t watch porn might know. Or the ones like Sasha what’s her name who had a recurring role on Entourage. I think if she’s not the only one who shows up on the first page or two of searches that she’s probably not well known but I’m just guessing. You’re welcome! 🙂

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