A long, long time ago, my parents spent a great deal of time coming up with the perfect name for their second child....ME. The thing I love about them, is that they are super efficient. They did not know the
sex gender of the baby they were expecting, so they figured if they picked a name that could fit either gender, it would save them a lot of trouble. Thus....COREY was chosen. Whether I popped out entered this world a boy or a girl....Corey I would be. Now isn't THAT brilliant? I wish I could say it was novel, but they had done it 3 years earlier when pregnant with my arch nemesis brother Casey.
So Corey it is, and I have to admit, that I have never been in like, love, or loathing with my name. I would classify my feelings as indifferent. I had friends through my life who HATED their names, and constantly dreamed of what they should have been named. I felt bad for them. I can't imagine not feeling at all connected to the name given me. Even though I haven't had strong feelings for my name, I have very much felt bonded to it, and really can't imagine being called anything else.
Growing up, I had many occasion to ponder my name. I am well aware that not many girls are named Corey....especially that particular spelling. I have met several spelled, Cory, Corrie, Kori, Korrie, and even one Corree. I have never met an other girl Corey. However, when I was pregnant, and registering for the baby gift registry at Target, there was another pregnant Corey " "....with my Last Name and EVERYTHING! This FLOORED me. My last name is not very common. So put that together with another girl named Corey...I felt....somehow.....creeped out. Is that strange? I felt like someone out there had my life. Some pregnant lady out there had my name....like she stole it or something. Maybe it was the hormones, but I felt somehow less special.
Today, while browsing the Net, I ran across this site where you type in your name and it will tell how many people in the US share that name. I was shocked with the results:
That is FOUR people that share my first AND last name. Freaky!!!! At least for me it is. Here are a few other statistics:
-There are 156,018 people in the U.S. with the first name Corey.
-Statistically the 387th most popular first name.
-95.15 percent of people with the first name Corey are male.
Do you care to play along and let me know what your results are? What do you feel about your name? How does it make you feel that others have your name? Am I the only one, that wonders what those people are like? Does sharing a name somehow connect us in a way that is too complex to understand? What do you think?